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Title: Pollinator health: Integrating ecological, genetic and physiological factors

item LOPEZ-URIBE, MARGARITA - Pennsylvania State University
item Simone-Finstrom, Michael

Submitted to: Entomological Society of America Proceedings
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/1/2018
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Evidence for bee population declines across the globe has catalyzed a large number of studies that aim to identify the drivers of bee decline and assess the status of pollinator population. Through the quick development of scientific efforts to understand the causes of bee decline, the term “pollinator health” emerged in the literature without having ever been defined. The first appearance of the term was in 2000, and it has now been used in more than 300 papers from 2007 to 2018. The goals of this review talk are to (1) formally define what pollinator health means, and how it can be quantified in a standardized manner via proposed metrics, (2) synthesize the current literature on how different environmental stressors are impacting bee health in specific regards to the defined metrics, and (3) describe emerging fields of research that focus on how to mitigate pollinator health problems. Interest in improving pollinator health expands from scientists to the public. This talk will, therefore, be of great interest to a broad audience of non-specialists. In addition, we will address research topics that have an interdisciplinary nature (ecology, genetics, immunology), and discuss these themes for both managed and wild pollinator species in the context of larger health issues.