Feature: Protecting the pollinators part 1 – bees and ecology

argylesock says… We need bees and other pollinators. We really, really need them. Here’s the first of three articles about pollinators, from the Wellcome Trust blog, which I’ll pass on today.

Wellcome Trust Blog

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Insect pollinators, including honeybees, bumblebees and hoverflies, are in decline. The £10 million Insect Pollinators Initiative was launched to find out why. In the first of two articles, Chrissie Giles speaks to the head investigators of five of the projects.

We all know that bees make honey, but they do much more for the food we eat. Bees and other insects, including wasps and hoverflies, pollinate plants. By transferring pollen from the male parts of flowers to the female parts, they’re a vital part of the process that eventually leads to fruit, nut and seed production.

For some crops, such as melons, no pollinators means no fruit. For others, no pollinators means a lesser harvest. This widespread role of insects in food production is reflected in insect pollinators’ economic value – estimated to be around €153 billion (£130bn) globally in 2005.1

But pollinators are under threat. Research published in 2006…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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2 Responses to Feature: Protecting the pollinators part 1 – bees and ecology

  1. Rob White : Evans & Pearce Ltd says:


    The National Association of Agricultural Contractors is organising a Pollinator Conference on 28th April at Peterborough. If you would like to attend please let me know.

    Many thanks

    Rob White

    Evans and Pearce Ltd

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    • argylesock says:

      Thank you. Coming to this conference isn’t feasible for me, unfortunately, but if you wish I’ll pass info to the academics interested in pollinators at Leeds University.

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