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Though very few studies have examined pollination in Lyonia, the literature available points to bumble bees as primary pollinators (Lovell and Lovell, 1935; Osada et al, 2003).
It's old news that beekeepers are struggling to provide diverse, pesticide-free forage for their colonies, as scientists have been voicing alarm about the decline in pollinator populations for more than a decade.
Melvaer thinks the project could set a precedent for pollinator efforts elsewhere: "If we manage to solve a global problem locally, it's conceivable that this local solution will work elsewhere too.
In one of the first attempts to assign value to pollination services, Alexandra-Maria Klein, an agroecologist at the University of Freiburg, and colleagues reviewed data on the extent to which global crop production relies on pollinators.
Pollinators in agricultural landscapes have suffered from intensified land use and adverse use of agro chemicals [5;6].
A few of my favorite low-allergy, excellent pollinator plants:
It shows that in some populations -- like parts of Mozambique that the team studied, where many children and mothers are barely able to meet their needs for micronutrients, especially vitamin A -- the disappearance of pollinators could push as many as 56 percent of people over the edge into malnutrition.
The dispensers contain specially formulated, naturally-occurring, biological control agents that the pollinators carry out of their hives to the flowers they visit.
To develop effective management and conservation practices that protect pollinators, we need to understand the mode of action of stressors such as exposure to pesticides, parasites, and nutritional deficits, as well as how those stressors enhance each other's harmful effects.
Jeri Parrent: The ultimate goal of our pollinator observation and monitoring project is to partner with farmers, students and community members to document the important native plant pollinators in our regions, and to better understand their distribution and abundance in both natural and agricultural areas.
Many of the same problems that the bees face are affecting other pollinators as well.