Monday, February 24, 2014

Biodiversity and Bees

Biodiversity and Bees 

Bees are little, yet have large roles in terms of biodiversity. As reported by CNN (May 5, 2000), “One third of all our food-fruits and vegetables would not exist without pollinators visiting flowers. But honeybees, the primary species that fertilizes food-producing plants, have suffered dramatic declines in recent years, mostly from afflictions introduced by humans.”

A food producing plant can range from fruit trees to berries and a wide variety of things. In order for a plant to effectively produce food, the plant would need a pollinator that can move pollen from the male anthers of a flower to the female stigma of a flower to successfully accomplish fertilization.  "Bees are vital to biodiversity, there are thousands of plants for which bees are essential to pollination. "  There has been a great scale of decline in bees that result from various diseases, environmental pollution, environmental degradation and farming practices. Since there is a large scale of things that can impact the lives of bees it is hard to pinpoint what has the largest impact on the decline of bees. The first step is acknowledging the issue and understanding how crucial bees and pollinators are for agriculture.  Bee farm practices can grow and effectively create a way to increase the amount of bees present in a farm.

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