These are the research projects which the BBKA is currently funding:  

Dr R Vinkenoog & Catherine Baldock; Northumbria University:
Quantifying the importance of tree floral resources for pollinators in urban landscapes.

This research hopes to answer various questions such as:

  • How much pollen and nectar resources are produced by trees in urban landscapes?
  • How do pollinators use urban tree resources in urban landscapes?
  • What is the importance of urban trees for pollinators, and what is the importance of these pollinators for urban trees?
  • How does the addition of urban trees affect city-scale plant-pollinator community robustness?

Mr Wurm; Queen Mary University of London:

Use of molecular medicine for early and effective diagnostics and monitoring of honeybee health.

Develop accurate early detection and monitoring of pathogens to reduce the need for treatment and cross infection and thus significantly reduce colony losses.

Dr Richard Gill, Imperial College London:
Are pesticide impacts on honey bee metabolic rate, body temperature, and locomotion associated with impaired ability to thermoregulate colonies?     This is a joint project with BDI and CD Denis Trust.

Professor Richard Pywell, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH)
Case Study to explore the use of emerging sequencing technologies to investigate the distribution of common bee diseases within the environment and if exposure to these can be linked to specific floral resources and wild pollinator interactions.

Dr Maria Clara Castellanos; University of Sussex:

Journal of Pollinator Ecology - support to enable open access publication of pollinator papers from around the world.

Gema Martin-Ordas; University of Stirling:

Towards an understanding of how pollution affects bee cognition - a pilot study