Evaluating Indirect Effects of Climate Change on Pollinators and Pollination Services through Pesticide Exposure

Project: Research


The overall goal of this project is to enable stakeholders, including beekeepers, crop growers, land managers and policy makers, to manage agricultural landscapes to support healthy pollinator populations and reliable pollination service delivery. Animal pollinators, mostly bees, provide pollination services to the majority of flowering plants and benefit crop yields. The agricultural sector relies heavily on synthetic pesticides to protect crops from pest damage and this reliance is predicted to increase in a future warmer and wetter climate. Already now, each decade is warmer than the preceding and precipitation over northern Europe is increasing. It has been shown that increased precipitation and warmer weather will result in increased pest pressure and per area pesticide use in major crops, resulting in increased pesticide exposure to bees foraging in agricultural landscapes.
Effective start/end date2019/01/012020/12/31