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Decline in honeybees highlights importance of wild pollinators


(Read caption) Honeybees pollinate an estimated third of our food crops, but because of their decline, wild bees are becoming more important.

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The problems facing honeybees, which pollinate about a third of our food crops, are well known – colony collapse disorder and varroa mites among them.

But the global threats to plant pollination from the lack of bees are shining the spotlight on some native pollinators that can do the job until the honeybee problem is solved.

In fact, bumblebees and other wild bees are really better pollinators of some crops than honeybees, says Claire Carvell with the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Science Daily reports:

The important point to note is that while the economic value of pollination, estimated at around £20 billion worldwide, is often credited entirely to honeybees, bumblebees and several other wild bee species are in fact much more effective pollinators of many crops such as field beans, clover, tomatoes and apples. This arises from a combination of morphological adaptations and their flower visiting behaviour.

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