Come to the expert panel on bee health Aug. 12. Open to all at no charge.

International scientists to speak in Guelph on pollinator health “Emerging Issues in Pollinator Health”

If you’re looking to learn more about the science behind the debate on bee health, this panel of scientists working on pollinator health issues will be of interest to you.

The program features a special expert panel discussion addressing emerging issues related to pollinator health and agriculture. This will include the status and importance of pollinators in Ontario and worldwide; the results and strategies of monitoring programs in Italy; and the implications of some of the recent agricultural trends, including neonicotinoid seed treatments. This panel will be of particular interest, given the recent regulatory action in Ontario on treated seeds. Panelists will speak to the multiple stressors on pollinators as well as policy issues that must be addressed for the future health of agriculture and the environment.

This event has been organized by the University of Guelph, the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association and the Eastern Apicultural Society as part of the annual beekeeping conference, this year being held at the University of Guelph from August 10 - 14. This event is of particular interest to beekeepers and anyone interested in the factors related to pollinator health that must be addressed to reduce mortality for both honey bees and other insect pollinators. The event is open to the public at no charge. 

DATE: Wednesday, August 12, 2015

TIME: 7:30-9:30 pm

LOCATION: The University of Guelph, Rozanski 104
The expert panel includes: (see attached backgrounder for bios)

  • Ernesto Guzman, Professor and Director of the Honey Bee Research Centre, University of Guelph

  • Christian Krupke, Professor of Entomology, Purdue University

  • Franco Mutinelli, Professor at Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie, Italy

  • Nigel Raine, Rebanks Family Chair in Pollinator Conservation, University of


  • Moderator: André Flys, EAS President, OBA 2nd Vice President, and owner

    Pioneer Brand Honey, Nobleton.
    For more information: André Flys, (416) 807-2253 or

July 27, 2015