Study reveals reliance on animal pollinators

A study carried out by researchers at the University of Northampton and Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey, has found that an average of 87.5 per cent of flowering plants use animal pollinators.

The research concluded that 78 per cent of plants in temperate zones used animal pollinators, with the figure rising to 94 per cent in tropical communities.

The research paper's lead author Dr Jeff Ollerton said: "There are concerns about the significant decline in numbers of wild pollinators across the globe due to rapid habitat loss, intensive agriculture and climate change.

"If we are to assess the impact, it is important that we understand just how dependent plants are on animals."

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