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."


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Read These Next

How will the fresh-produce growing season pan out with less labour?

How will the fresh-produce growing season pan out with less labour?

The new fresh-produce season is around the corner and Brexit just over a year away, yet the Government has still given no indication that it will enable seasonal workers to come to the UK in the volumes the sector requires, either in this season or any other.

What recent developments can help growers fight orchard pests and diseases?

What recent developments can help growers fight orchard pests and diseases?

Last week's British Independent Fruit Growers Association Technical Day (31 January), heard about the latest research in orchard pests and diseases and how to deal with them.

Is a move away from plastic produce packaging now inevitable?

Is a move away from plastic produce packaging now inevitable?

A tipping point has been reached in the attitude of retailers and the Government to waste plastic which is likely to affect suppliers' future packaging options.