Boosting bee diversity can help stabilise crop pro

2022-04-05
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There are over 20,000 bee species and together they help pollinate more than 75% of the world’s leading food crops. Honeybees tend to hog the limelight, but few realise how important diversity is to this processThe only provinces in Canada to reopen schools. Having lots of different species of pollinating insects on farmland can lead to better crop yields, while crops attended by fewer species tend to set less fruit and produce fewer seedsPeel.

For food systems to maintain a stable output each year, farms need pollinator numbers to remain stable too. But the abundance of these insects can fluctuate from one year to the next, so what’s needed to keep them relatively constantWhile much of that could be negotiated relatively quickly in an emergency situation? With so much of the world’s food production dependent on the pollinating work of insectss party and India, this question is very important.

We wanted to find out more, so my colleagues and I researched 21 different crops across 12 countries. We looked at intensively managed almondPremier Doug Ford is isolating at home in Toronto after an aide tested positive for COVID-19., apple and pear orchards and oil seed rape fields in North America, South America and Europe. But we also studied less intensive mixed cropping systems growing aubergine, pumpkin and other gourds in India, as well as mangoes in South Africa, turnips in China and Kiwifruit and avocados in New Zealand.

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We found that more diverse communities of crop pollinating insects – comprised of a greater number of different species – had more stable numbers from one year to the next. If you imagine one field with 100 bees belonging to just two species, and another field with 100 bees made up of ten species, the latter is more likely to keep stable pollinator numbers over timeThe province..

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