A world-renowned north-east scientist is hoping to create a buzz around the global honeybee crisis.
Alan Bowman, senior lecturer in biological sciences at Aberdeen University, will present his research into the declining numbers of the bees tonight, as part of the Cafe Scientifique events.
Mr Bowman will discuss the trend and how this affects food supply for people across the world.
He will also offer up the likely causes of the crisis – including the role of pesticides, parasites and diseases, modern farming practices and climate change – as well as potential solutions.
He said: “Bees are not just loveable insects buzzing about in our gardens reminding us of idyllic summer days, but are critical to our food production and, hence, the very survival of humans.
“Every third forkful of food we put in our mouths is dependent on insect pollinators and honey bees are the most important. But, there is a global honeybee crisis right now.
“About 30% of our bee hives die each year in Europe and the USA – this is simply not sustainable. Yet the demand for honeybees’ pollination services is ever growing as global diets change – the perfect storm.
The event will be held at 7pm in Waterstones, on Union Street, and is free to attend.
For information on the lecture visit www.engagingaberdeen.co.uk