Insects are essential to agriculture, but their populations are changing in poorly understood ways that are likely to
impact on human food supplies. This Project will construct evolutionary agent-based models of change in croppollinating
insects: honeybees, bumblebees, stingless bees, and flies. It will model how these population changes
affect production, predicting floral traits to breed into crop plants for ongoing pollination success - for economic
viability, and national and global food security. One major practical outcome will be a flexible "artificial life"
plant/pollinator simulation of insect-specific visual perception, innate and learned foraging behaviour, important
physiological factors, and inter-species interactions.