Pollinator Expert Discusses Neonics With Science Magazine

A headshot of Dr. Nigel Raine

Dr. Nigel Raine

Pollinator expert Dr. Nigel Raine, School of Environmental Sciences, is quoted in a Science magazine article about a new study that measured the detrimental impact of pesticides including neonicotinoids on solitary bee species, an important group of pollinators.

Raine said the study shows chronic pesticide poisoning can cause “meaningful and significant impacts” on bees. He was not involved in the study, which was conducted by the University of California.

Raine and his research team in the Nigel Raine Lab at U of G have made major advancements in understanding how pollinators are affected by environmental stress, including pesticides.

Raine is the Rebanks Family Chair in Pollinator Conservation at U of G and a global leader in animal behaviour, pollination ecology and pollinator conservation.