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No pollinators, no crops

By Gary Bogue
Friday, October 20th, 2006 at 9:23 am in Bee decline, Pollinators.

According to a story on Wednesday by AP Science Writer Randolph E. Schmid, the National Academy of Sciences has just released a report on the "Status of Pollinators in North America." The report takes a look at the decline of pollinators (honey bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, bats, etc.), and the causes and consequences of this decrease.

Parasites and loss of habitat seem to be the main problems facing insect, bird and mammal pollinators.

The outlook, needless to say, is not good. According to the report, 75 percent of the world’s flowering plants (flowers, vegetables, fruit, etc.) rely on pollinators to reproduce.

In other words, no pollinators means no pretty flowers to look at and no food to eat.

There definitely needs to be more research on this problem to find out what can be done about it. The report also makes some suggestions and recommendations.

You can browse through a summary of the report on the Xerces Society Web site (click on the line below). The Xerces Society is about invertebrates essential to biological diversity.

http://www.xerces.org/Pollinator_Insect_Conservation/Status_of_pollinators_NASreport.htm

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