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Honeybee shortage threatens crop pollination in Europe

January 13, 2014

Full Article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25656283

By Matt McGra

In more than half of European countries, there are not enough honeybees to pollinate crops, according to new research.

Scientists believe that a boom in biofuels has sparked a massive increase in the need for pollination.

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The number of honeybees in the UK and elsewhere has been in decline in recent
years, with both pesticide use and disease being blamed for losses.

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Little is known about the number of wild pollinating species as they are not being monitored in the UK. The researchers believe this reliance on them could be hampering yields and putting UK crops at risk.

“We face a catastrophe in future years unless we act now,” said Prof Simon Potts, from the University of Reading, a co-author on the paper.

“Wild pollinators need greater protection. They are the unsung heroes of the countryside, providing a critical link in the food chain for humans and doing work for free that would otherwise cost British farmers £1.8b to replace.”

Full Article at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25656283

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