Plants for Pollinators: Using DNA to Explore Relationships in Gardens

Join Dr Abgail Lowe to hear about her research using DNA to explore the intricate relationships between organisms in gardens.

Many “plants for pollinators” recommendation lists exist; however they often rely on anecdotal evidence, show inconsistencies between lists, and cater to a limited range of pollinators. To effectively support pollinators in gardens through the year, a deeper understanding of foraging behaviour is crucial. In this talk, Dr Abigail Lowe takes us through her PhD research, which used DNA techniques to identify pollen collected by hoverflies, bumblebees, honeybees and solitary bees. Explore the similarities and differences in foraging behaviour within each group, and observe whether these patterns changed over two years. Discover whether native or non-native plants were preferred, and gain insights into how we can improve our gardens to provide support for these important insects.

Dr Abigail Lowe is an Interdisciplinary Ecologist within the Biological Records Centre at the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Her research uses citizen science to understand the interaction of people, nature, and environmental data.


The entoLIVE webinar series is a programme of virtual talks exploring the science of insects and other invertebrates. All events are free to attend and are suitable for adults of all abilities – a passion for invertebrates is all that’s required!

entoLIVE is delivered by the Biological Recording CompanyBritish Entomological & Natural History SocietyRoyal Entomological Society and Amateur Entomologists’ Society, with support from Buglife and the Field Studies Council.


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