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March 1 2013

Worldwide Crop Pollination Hurting Due To Loss Of Wild Bees


An international study of wild insects finds that managed honeybees are not as successful at pollinating crops as wild insects, especially wild bees. Collected from 600 fields in 20 countries, the data suggest the continuing loss of wild insects in many agricultural landscapes is having negative consequences for crop harvests.

The study, published in a recent issue of Science, is an urgent call to maintain and manage pollinator diversity for long-term agricultural production.

The research team was comprised of 50 international scientists, including Dr. Lawrence Harder, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences (Bio) at the University of Calgary.

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