Programme: day 1

Tuesday 21 September, 09:00 – 18:00

Note: all timings are in UK time (UTC +1). The exact timings and order may change slightly as more details are confirmed. Please visit these pages for up-to-date programme information. 

Introduction and welcome

09:00 – 09:10
Paul Kersey, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Session 1: Nectar and Pollen Chemistry

09:10 – 09:30
Phil Stevenson, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

From Flowers to Landscapes: the natural processes influencing pollinator health

09:30 – 10:00
Susan W Nicolson
, University of Pretoria
Sweet solutions: nectar composition and quality

10:00 – 10:30
Raquel T de Sousa
 & Geraldine A Wright, University of Oxford
Behavioural regulation of mineral salt intake in honey bees: a self-selection approach

10:30 – 11:00
Paul Egan, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Pollinator-mediated selection on toxic nectar varies across the geographic range of an invasive species

11:00 – 11:30

11:30 – 12:00
Luísa G. Carvalheiro, Universidade Federal de Goiás

Effect of nutrient enrichment on the taste of flowers and its consequences for pollinators

Session 2: Microbial Interactions

12:00 – 12:30
Hauke Koch, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Host and gut microbiome modulate the antiparasitic activity of nectar metabolites in a bumblebee pollinator

12:30 – 13:00
Mark Brown
, Royal Holloway University of London
Complex networks of parasites and pollinators: moving towards a healthy balance

13:00 – 14:00
Lunch break

14:00 – 14:30
Alex Keller, Universität Würzburg
& Sara Leonhardt, Technische Universität München
Does variation in pollen chemistry determine microbial communities on pollen and in bees?

14:30 – 15:00
Lynn Adler, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

The effects of sunflower pollen on pathogen infection and immune function in bees

15:00 – 15:30
Nancy Moran, University of Texas at Austin

Prospects for Probiotics in Social Bees

15:30 – 16:00

16:00 – 16:30
Valerie Martin
& Tadashi Fukami, Stanford University
Nectar microbes influence nectar quality and pollinator health

16:30 – 18:00