Impacts of climate change on pollinators
Three quarters of all crops are pollinated by animals. Therefore, pollinators like bees or bumblebees play an important role for the nutrition of mankind. Changes in land use, pesticides, monocultures, invasive species and pathogens threaten pollinators. These factors are exacerbated by climate change. Josef Settele of the UFZ & iDiv has now published together with colleagues from the University of Reading (UK) an overview of the impacts of climate change on pollinators. The comment has been published in the journal Nature Plants. The researchers emphasise that more long-term monitoring would help to elucidate the underlying mechanisms and to find new adaption options.
Josef Settele, Jacob Bishop & Simon G. Potts: Climate change impacts on pollination. Nature Plants 2, Article number: 16092 (2016). http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nplants.2016.92