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Pollinators in Agriculture
To be held at
Courtyard by Marriott, Brussels
1-3 April 2014
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Interactions between pollinators and agriculture have generated considerable recent research interest, stimulated by increasing recognition of the importance of insect pollination in maintaining yields of some crops, coupled with evidence that many species of pollinating insects have declined substantially. In particular, the impact of agronomic practice on pollinator success and, specifically, the impact of pesticide use on honey bees and other bees, has become a subject of public and political interest. The 2013 EU decision to suspend the use of a number of neonicotinoid insecticides has boosted research on pollinator exposure to insecticides and the potential for sublethal effects. Furthermore, whilst the importance of pollinators in agriculture is well documented, considerable gaps still exist in our understanding of pollinator ecology, pathology and population dynamics. This conference aims to bring together experts from a number of fields to explore and debate the latest research.



Topics will include:

Effects of insect pollinators on crop yield and quality

Value of pollination services

Changes in pollinator diversity and abundance

Predators, parasites and pathogens of pollinators

Impacts of changes in land use and floral resources on pollinator populations and diversity

Evidence regarding insecticide impacts on pollinators

Exposure of pollinators to pesticide residues

Relative importance of factors affecting population changes

Mitigation of adverse impacts



Invited speakers are:

Dr Christian Maus (Bayer CropScience)

Dr Tjeerd Blacquière (University of Wageningen)

Prof. Dr. Koos Biesmeijer (Scientific Director at Naturalis Biodiversity Center)

Domenica Auteri (European Food Safety Authority (EFSA))

Professor Simon Potts (University of Reading)

Professor Robert Paxton (University of Halle-Wittenberg)


We have negotiated a special rate (deadline 10 March 2014) of €159 per room per night (€179.00 for a double room) at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, Brussels, where the conference will be taking place.  Bookings can be made via the link to the Courtyard by Marriott web site CLICK HERE

An administration charge of 30.00 pounds will be made on all cancellations. No cancellations accepted after 11 March 2014
A late booking surcharge of 30.00 pounds will be made on all bookings received after 11 March 2014
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