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Tuesday, November 24 • 14:30 - 16:30
C20: Plants and Insects in a changing World

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Abstract: Insects such as bees and butterflies are responsible for pollination of the majority of plants in nature and in agriculture. Globally, there is a genuine concern about the decline of health and diversity of pollinating insects and how this may be affected by climate change, while facing a multitude of anthropogenic pressures (increase of human population, environmental pollution).  The proposed project will discuss and develop a cutting edge joint research and education program to enable South African and Swedish researchers and students to explore these issues together. The focus will be laid on two topics:
a) environmental monitoring programs of endangered insects and their plants; and
b) behavior, health and disease of relevant model species and their tri-lateral interactions (plants, insects and microbes) – a new emerging field in agricultural microbiology which is expected to provide essential keys for novel strategies in environmental management and food production.
Keywords: Pollination ecology, ecosystem service, nutrition, insects, microbes

PROGRAM -  Please note the schedule below is following the Swedish time zone: 14:30-16:30.  For South African time, please add 1 hour, thus the whole program for South Africans runs from 15:30-17:30

14:30-14:35  GENERAL INTRODUCTION by Rasheed Adeleke (North West University Potchefstroom, South Africa) and Natuschka Lee (UmU, Sweden) 

14:35-14:50 SOCIAL INSECT RESEARCH IN SOUTH  AFRICA - professor Christian Pirk and Dr. Yusuf Abdullahi Ahmed  (Dpt of Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria, SA)

14:50-15:05   BEE HEALTH IN SWEDEN  -  Dr. Eva Forsgren (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden) 

15:05-15:20  INSECT ECOLOGY:  FUNDAMENTAL AND APPLIED ASPECTS - Dr. Natuschka Lee (Department of Ecology and Env Science, Umeå University, Sweden) 

15:20-15:30 Short break

                     North West University Potchefstroom, SA)  

15:45 -16:00  THE SWEDISH BUTTERFLY MONITORING SCHEME - Dr. Lars Pettersson, Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden) 

16:00-16:15   NATIONAL POLLINATION PROJECT IN SWEDEN - Lotta Fabricius Kristiansen - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, manager for the projects "Swedish
                       bees" and "Pollinate Sweden"

16:15-16:30   DISCUSSION (future collaborations and proposals)

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Christian Pirk

University of Pretoria
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Eva Forsgren

Associate Professor, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
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Natuschka Lee

Researcher, Umeå University, Malmö University, Swedish University of Agrilcultural Sciences
We conduct research on how microorganisms interact and develop with the various biospheres and geospheres on our planet, and how this knowledge can increase our chances of creating a sustainable and healthy existence on Earth and in space. Based on fundamental research on microbiological... Read More →
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Rasheed Adeleke

Professor, North-West University
Rasheed Adeleke is presently a Full Professor with North-West University, Potchefstroom campus, North-West province of South Africa. He obtained his PhD degree from the University of Pretoria. He is an alumnus of the Borlaug fellowship programme at Cornell University as well as a... Read More →

Tuesday November 24, 2020 14:30 - 16:30 CET
Zoom Room B