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Solitary bee larvae prioritize carbohydrate over protein in parentally provided pollen (2021)
Journal Article
Austin, A. J., & Gilbert, J. D. (2021). Solitary bee larvae prioritize carbohydrate over protein in parentally provided pollen. Functional ecology, 35(5), 1069-1080. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.13746

Most organisms must regulate their nutritional intake in an environment full of complex food choices. While this process is well-understood for self-sufficient organisms, dependent offspring, such as bee larvae, in practice have limited food choices... Read More about Solitary bee larvae prioritize carbohydrate over protein in parentally provided pollen.

Sporopollenin as a dilution agent in artificial diets for solitary bees (2020)
Journal Article
Tainsh, F., Woodmansey, S. R., Austin, A. J., Bagnall, T. E., & Gilbert, J. D. (in press). Sporopollenin as a dilution agent in artificial diets for solitary bees. Apidologie, https://doi.org/10.1007/s13592-020-00801-1

Nutritional studies often require precise control of nutrients via dilution of artificial diets with indigestible material, but such studies in bees are limited. Common diluents like cellulose typically result in total mortality of bee larvae, making... Read More about Sporopollenin as a dilution agent in artificial diets for solitary bees.

The nutritional ecology of farmland bees : behavioural and community approach (2019)
Thesis
Austin, A. J. (2019). The nutritional ecology of farmland bees : behavioural and community approach. (Thesis). University of Hull. Retrieved from https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/4221704

Nutritional degradation, attributed to agriculture, is a primary driver of bee declines, yet we know very little about bee larval nutrition. How larvae deal with nutritional variation in their provisions remains relatively unexplored. Additionally, t... Read More about The nutritional ecology of farmland bees : behavioural and community approach.