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Our silent workforce – Insect pollinators

Ottawa Research and Development Centre Speaker Series: “Our silent workforce – Insect pollinators” with Dr. Jeff Skevington

Have you ever wondered what’s growing in the fields of the Central Experimental Farm (CEF)? Now’s your chance to find out!

To celebrate the 150th birthdays of both Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), expert scientists from the Ottawa Research and Development Centre (ORDC) are hosting a monthly speaker series between now and November to talk about the research work they do in the fields and labs on the CEF. The talks take place on Thursday evenings from 7-8p.m. in Salons A and B of the K.W. Neatby Building, 960 Carling Avenue. Admission and parking are free.

Date and topic for September 14, 2017:

“Our silent workforce – Insect Pollinators” with Dr. Jeff Skevington

  • Learn more about native pollinators. There are thought to be over 200,000 species of pollinators in the world and almost all of the research and attention has historically gone to honeybees. In this talk, you will learn more about the incredible assemblage of other pollinators, like flies, that visit our crops, gardens and natural habitats doing over one third of the work. Have a picture of something buzzing around your garden? Bring it along and Jeff may be able to tell you a bit more about them!
  • Scientist Profile: Dr. Jeff Skevington is a research scientist in Environmental Health. He is the global expert on 3 families of flies that together include more than 8,400 described species and at least as many undescribed species.