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More funding for bee research

PUBLISHED: 16:36 23 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:29 28 March 2014

JANUARY 30, 2009: Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has announced new funding for bee research.

He has announced an additional £4.3 million of funding, targeted at bee disease surveillance, education and research.

 He said: “Bees are vulnerable to a number of threats. Pests and diseases, when combined with poor summers can leave colonies unable to survive the winter. We must get to grips with this, to see just how serious a problem it is, what the impacts on pollination are, and what we can do in response. 

"We’re trying to find ways of producing more food, for more people, using less energy, less fertiliser and less pesticide, while producing fewer greenhouse gases – and we’ve got to do all that with limited land and limited water.

"I believe that we have the knowledge and the technology to do this, but the perfect storm of climate change, environmental degradation and water and oil scarcity, threatens our ability to succeed. It is science that will help steer us through that storm.”

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