Pollinator Research

We use our DNA barcoding expertise and extensive horticultural resource to research the floral preferences of pollinators, including honeybees, bumblebees, solitary bees and hoverflies.

By using DNA barcoding to identify pollen from the bodies of pollinators, we are investigating; where our honey bees are foraging, which plants hoverflies are visiting, and more about the ecology of our wild bees. If we can find out what plants are most important for pollinators then we can help to ensure that these plants are available in the pollinators’ environment.