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RHS research project monitoring insects in native and non-native garden border plants.

Plants for Bugs Conference Previews Results

Posted by Helen Bostock Plantsforbugs on 27 Mar 2014 at 03:24 PM


Plants for Bugs programme and usb sticks 


Last week's Plants for Bugs conference at Wisley in partnership with the Wildlife Gardening Forum seemed to get everyone talking. We had over 140 people attend and a full day of talks and workshops. Weather was kind so many stayed on for a site tour of the Plants for Bugs plots in the afternoon.


Instead of a delegate pack, we decided to give everyone a take-home usb stick, preloaded with the main talks. Neat idea I thought.


We had 7 talks covering aspects of the project such as origins, experimental design and botanical questions arising from a study of native and non-native plants. Dr Andrew Salisbury, who leads the entomological elements and analysis explained that the first results paper, which will be on pollinating insects, is due for submission in summer 2014 with interpretation for the gardener following straight on.


The afternoon session included a video presentation from Professor Francis Ratnieks of the University of Sussex, looking at research they’ve been undertaking into the attractiveness of ornamental garden flowers to bees and other insects. This is part of a programme of work at LASI – Laboratory for Apiculture and Social Insects.


Workshop sessions allow smaller groups to discuss aspects of publicising the Plants for Bugs results as they come out, using gardeners in possible citizen science studies to help fill gaps in our knowledge of insect preference for garden plants and to consider what other research areas should be mined after Plants for Bugs.


Thanks to all our speakers and everyone who made the day a success.




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