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Bee enthusiasts to gather for pollinator event in N.H.

DURHAM, N.H. — Bee health and research are on the agenda for a pollinator summit coordinated by the University of New Hampshire.

Sandra Rehan, assistant professor of biological sciences, will discuss science-based information on nutritional requirements and diversity of native bees and factors influencing bee health.

Rehan oversees the UNH Bee Lab and is conducting a multiyear research project funded by the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station.

Cathy Neal, professor of plant biology and extension specialist, is collaborating with Rehan on the experiment station bee research project. Neal will discuss how to use landscapes, habitats, and plantings to support pollinator populations. She has been conducting landscaping and wildflower research at the experiment station’s Woodman Farm.

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The bee research project has been funded by New Hampshire Agriculture Experiment Station at UNH. The project is assessing the biodiversity, floral hosts, plant-pollinator networks, and sustainability of native bees in New Hampshire.

The project is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Department of Agriculture.

The summit is scheduled for Nov. 2 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.