Pollinators in distress
Globally, a huge number of insects and other animals is carrying pollen from one plant to another, thus pollinating the flowers. Pollinators are not only economically important because they essential for wide parts of agriculture. Many wild plants also dependent on this services to reproduce. However, the pollinators nowadays face many problems that can lead to a decline in their stocks. An international research team is now warning about the ecological, economic and social consequences of this development in the journal "nature". One of the authors is iDiv member Prof Josef Settele from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ).
Read more in the press release of UFZ in German: http://www.ufz.de/index.php?de=36336&webc_pm=47/2016
Simon G. Potts, Vera Imperatriz-Fonseca, Hien T. Ngo, Marcelo A. Aizen, Jacobus C. Biesmeijer, Thomas D. Breeze, Lynn V. Dicks, Lucas A. Garibaldi, Rosemary Hill, Josef Settele, Adam J. Vanbergen (2016): Safeguarding pollinators and their values to human well-being, Nature, Advance Online Publication vom 28.11.2016. DOI: 10.1038/nature20588