Free evening event at MSU will shine a spotlight on the issues facing pollinators and some solutions

On Monday November 28, Michigan State University will host A Pollination Forum, an evening outreach event to present the latest information on issues facing bees and the solutions being developed to support crop pollination.

November 1, 2016 - Author: Katie Steinman

A bee.

On Monday November 28, Michigan State University (MSU) will host A Pollination Forum, an evening outreach event to present the latest information on issues facing bees and the solutions being developed to support crop pollination.

Held at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing, this event will run from 6-8pm, and will feature Marla Spivak as the keynote speaker who will present “The Glorious Pollinator Revolution.” Spivak is an internationally renowned bee researcher, a McArthur Fellow, and the Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota.

Immediately following Spivak’s talk, a series of lightning-fast presentations will highlight four pollination experts from across the United States presenting their latest research in a MSU-led project on crop pollination, called Integrated Crop Pollination (ICP). This will be followed by a reception with cash bar and free hors d’oeuvres that will provide a chance to meet the speakers and to read poster displays reporting on current research on bees and pollination by students and postdoctoral researchers from MSU and other universities. This is a free event but registration is mandatory since there is limited space available, so please register by November 23rd.

"We are inviting the local community to this event, where leading US researchers will showcase their research on the plight of bees and efforts to ensure long-term sustainability of crop pollination," said Rufus Isaacs, MSU AgBioResearch entomologist and ICP leader. "US fruit, vegetable, and nut crops are pollinated by bees and this event will highlight what MSU and its research partners are doing to ensure the long-term sustainability of their pollination."

Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting Katie Steinman at icpbees@msu.edu by November 18. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible. This event is sponsored by MSU’s Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, AgBioResearch and MSU Extension, and by the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture.

For more information on ICP's work and progress, please see the latest update here.

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