A humble honey bee settles on an open kiwifruit flower. What follows is a small but vital transaction that is responsible for almost all the plant-based foods that humans eat. The honey bee gains sustenance from nectar and pollen and in return carries essential genetic material from plant to plant ensuring the next season’s crop.
Plant & Food Research is working to better understand this and other natural pollination systems. Our scientists seek to improve the effectiveness of honey bee efforts, ensure ongoing health in bee populations and help the process through artificial pollination systems.