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This image shows bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) workers with radio frequency identification (RFID) tags.

Bee foraging chronically impaired by pesticide exposure

Another study sheds light on why neonicotinoids and bees don’t mix

A RFID study co-authored by a University of Guelph scientist that involved fitting bumblebees with tiny radio frequency tags shows long-term exposure to a neonicotinoid pesticide hampers bees’ ability to forage for pollen. The research by Nigel Raine, a professor in Guelph’s School of Environmental Sciences, and Richard Gill of Imperial College London was published

Lack of biodiversity leaves ecosystems vulnerable

A study of long-standing pasture grasslands on southern Vancouver Island 
showed more diverse plots resisted woody plant invasions

You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s collapsed.” That’s how University of Guelph integrative biologists might recast a line from an iconic folk tune for their new research paper warning about the perils of ecosystem breakdown. Their research, published Feb. 5 as the cover story in Nature, suggests farmers and resource managers should not



Potato famine (variety) reaches Ontario

The infamous spud that sparked the mid-1800s Irish potato famine is growing this summer in a potato patch run by the University of Guelph. The variety, called “Lumper,” was  among about 120 trial potato varieties shown Aug. 12 at U of G’s Elora Research Station as part of this year’s potato research field day. Called