Buzz about bees

UBC professor talks about bees at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Since 2006, North America has lost nearly one third of its honeybee population due to infectious diseases and climate change.

As honeybees are one of the most important pollinators in Canadian agriculture, countless crops across the country — including blueberries in B.C. and canola in Alberta — are at risk.

“Bees’ importance to us goes far beyond honey,” said Dr. Leonard Foster, an associate professor at the University of B..C., who will speak at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

“Without them we’ll depend more on imports and have to pay more for our fruits and vegetables,” he says.

Foster will talk about some of the most interesting aspects of bee biology, what threats bees are currently facing and how his research is trying to improve bee health.

The Science in Society Speaker Series is a joint project by Okanagan Science Centre and Okanagan College and is sponsored by the Pacific Inn and Suites, Cooper’s Foods, Starbucks Coffee, and The Morning Star.