Insect pollinators in trouble
FRISCO — I’ve been reporting on the decline of honeybee populations for a few years, but it’s not just bees that are in trouble. Due to a mix of pesticide impacts, habitat loss and disease, many other pollinating insects are also dwindling. In one of the most extensive surveys to date, biologists say there needs to be a concerted effort to understand the causes of the decline and to figure strategies to avert the worst impacts. There’s a lot at stake. Without insects, many plants would not be able to reproduce, and many important food crops would also be in trouble. If you look closely at the world of flowers, you’ll almost always find a bug.
The recent findings were published this week in a scientific journal, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. The study was an international survey done by 40 scientists from 27 institutions involved in the UK’s Insect Pollinators Initiative, investigating the causes and consequences of pollinator decline. The study was coordinated by Dr. Adam Vanbergen from the UK’s Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.