10 Dec 2020 · ICPPR

Study of managed bees and Kenyan strawberries

A recently published study about managed bees showcases their role as pollinators and vectors of biocontrol agents in strawberry plantations in Kenya. Kenyan researchers carried out a comparative study between strawberry plantations with managed bees and with the regular farmer practices. This study observed that the managed bees proved effective in increasing the quality, yield and vectoring the control against grey mold disease. 

This project was supported by IUBS through a project operated by Arthur Dobbs Institute under the Scientific Programme of   'Agroecosystems and Managed Pollinators'.

More information about the study is available here.

(Image by Myriams-Fotos from Pixabay)

04 Nov 2020 · ICPPR

Dr Patricia Nunes-Silva awarded by ICPPR

Dr Patricia Nune-Silva was honored this October for her service to Pollination Biology (Anthocology) by ICPPR. A special certificate has been awarded  to her in the recognition of her services from Botanical, Zoological, Ecological and Evolutionary interdisciplinary perspectives. 

06 Aug 2018

Activity Report 2017

The report of all activities in the "AgroEcosystems Managed Pollinators" programme 2017 is online now.

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Pollination in Agriculture

Pollination in Agriculture: Insects (Bees) and Ecological Intensification. at: VIII Encuentro Colombiano sobre Abejas Sylvestres, Bogota, Colombia 28 – 29 November, 2016. Presented by P. Kevan.


Pollination in Agriculture

Pollination in Agriculture: Insects & Ecological Intensification. Entomological Society of British Columbia, Penticton, BC. 16 – 18 March, 2016. Presented by P. Kevan

Managed Pollinators

Ecological Intensification in Agroecosystems: Application of managed pollinators to crop protection and production

The use of managed pollinators to transfer all three of pollen and pest and disease control agents to the flowers of various crops is an important innovation. On crops so far tested (e.g. small and tender fruits, oils seed crops, greenhouse tomatoes and peppers) the technology improves crop quantity in yield and quality while protecting the plants from both an array of plant diseases and a variety of insect pests. On pome fruits, use of the technology improves plant health (e.g. fireblight suppression).
We propose an initial Interdisciplinary workshop to assemble an international team of experts to address how to transfer this successful technology to crops around the world and to provide a win-winwin situation for growers from cottage industry to large scale plantations. A special working group is being organized within the ICPPR to allow effective communication worldwide.


Vernon G. Thomas

Steering Committee

Peter G. Kevan

Countries involved

Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Finland, Norway, Kenya, Spain, Ghana, Israel and Jordan

IUBS Scientific Members involved in the project

International Commission for Plant Pollinator Relations (ICPPR)

Field of Research

Agriculture, Agro-ecology, Applied Ecology, Biodiversity, Agricultural economics

Questions addressed

  1. Can pollination with pest/disease control be economically used in tropical and temperate crops alike, including greenhouse, orchard and plantation crops?
  2. The technology can be promoted, in the context of Ecological Intensification (biodiversity and ecosystem functionality) in agroecosystems. Are there additional benefits of the technology, e.g. harvest synchronicity, longer produce shelf life, higher nutritional value?
  3. The technology promotes organic/pesticide-free certifications and enhances growers’ revenues?