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Pollination ecology

Research project Pollinating insects consist of a broad group of insects, such as honeybees, wild bees and butterflies. They play several irreplaceable key roles in the global ecosystem service due to their ability to pollinate plants.

One obvious example is that two third of mankind´s food production is dependent on pollinating insects. During the last decades, several reports have reported that the abundance and diversity of insects appears to be decreasing rapidly and that massive bee colony collapse disorders have occurred in different parts of the world. To secure a sustainable future, it is pivotal to explore the causes of this and to develop strategies to combat this negative trend. Our contribution to this consists of research, education and different citizen science activities around these issues. We collaborate with researchers, teachers and different environmental organizations. Welcome to participate!

Contact person

Natuschka Lee
Research fellow

Project overview

Project period:

Start date: 2017-06-01

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Ecology and Environmental Science

Research area

Ecology, Infection biology

Project description


  • Biology and health of bees in the Nordic countries
  • Screening of pollinating insects in Northern Sweden
  • Place out insect hotels and bee hives on suitable places in Umeå and Northern Sweden
  • Development of a new identification manual of pollinating insects in the Nordic countries
  • Development of novel products and sustainable processes from microbes associated with pollinating insects