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U of Guelph receives donation for sustainable pest management

May 5, 2014, Guelph, Ont. – The University of Guelph has received a $750,000 donation to help support and preserve pollinator health through sustainable pest management.

The donation from Bayer CropScience Inc. was made to the BetterPlanet Project, the university’s fundraising campaign for teaching and research in food, environment, health and communities, according to a press release from the university.

The university says the gift will support the creation of the Centre for Beneficial Insect Health through the school of environmental sciences. The centre would emphasize sustainable pest management in agriculture, including work on field and horticultural crops, greenhouse production, insecticide resistance and biological insect control.

The centre will promote the development of effective and progressive pest management strategies while protecting pollinators. The centre will also promote outreach and awareness among farmers, industry and the general public.