Insect pollination work at East Malling Research Centre

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Researchers have been presenting their work on pollinating insects at a fruit industry event at the East Malling Research Centre in Kent.

A £10m, five-year initiative to find alternative species to honey bees which help with fruit pollination is being carried out by the University of Reading and the Kent-based fruit marketing company Norman Collett.

The impact of varroa mite and colony collapse disorder on honey bee species has led to concerns in the fruit industry that pollination problems could cause food shortages.

Kent, once referred to as the Garden of England, is famous for its fruit production. It is also home to Brogdale Farm in Faversham, which holds the National Fruit Collections, one of the world's largest collections of fruit tree and plant varieties.

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