Fruit yielding crops benefit from natural pollinators

A recent study led by Lucas
Garibaldi of the Universidad Nacional
de Río Negro
in Argentina, has implications on the use of managed bee colonies for crop pollination, and implies that the loss of wild pollinators might be even more devastating to crop production than the decline of honeybee populations.

In this study, Garibaldi compared the effectiveness of wild bees and other insect pollinators with that of managed bee colonies.  Pollination by wild insects in their natural habitat resulted in a much higher proportion of seed and fruit producing flowers, which resulted in more fruit.

The greater
success of wild pollinators suggests that these populations should be
encouraged and aided rather than relying on managed bee colonies.  

For more information, see the article in the Guardian
or the notice posted on the website
of Universidad Nacional de Rio Negro.

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