The buzz on pollinators to be discussed at University of Guelph: Guelph Mercury

GUELPH— The health of bees and other issues related to pollinators and agriculture will be discussed at an upcoming event at the University of Guelph.

On Aug. 12, the University of Guelph will host a panel discussion called Emerging issues in pollinator health, in partnership with the Ontario Beekeepers' Association and the Eastern Apicultural Society. The event is part of the annual beekeeping conference, held at the university from Aug. 10 to 14.

The event is free and open to the public. It will take place at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. at Rozanski Hall, room 104.

Members of the expert panel include Ernesto Guzman, professor and director of the Honey Bee Research Centre at the U of G; Christian Krupke, professor of entomology at Purdue University; Franco Mutinelli, professor at Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie, Italy; and Nigel Raine, Rebanks Family Chair in pollinator conservation at U of G.

The discussion will be moderated by André Flys, EAS President, Ontario Beekeepers Association 2nd vice president, and owner of Pioneer Brand Honey.

On July 1, the province of Ontario set out new regulations in the use of seeds treated with neonicotinoids. The province is looking to curb the use of the controversial insecticide in order to protect pollinators. READ On-line