Wild bees are more affected by climate change than by disturbances to their habitats, according to a team of researchers led by Penn State. The findings suggest that addressing land-use issues alone will not be sufficient to protecting these important pollinators. “Our study found that the most critical factor influencing wild bee abundance and species diversity was the weather, particularly … More Climate change reduces the abundance and diversity of wild bees.
Urban beekeeping has been touted as a way to boost pollination and improve sustainability, food security and biodiversity in cities. Many people and businesses who’ve added beehives to their backyards and rooftops (including CBC) say they’re doing it to help fight declines in bee populations. But researchers say urban beekeepers are likely doing just the opposite when it comes … More Urban beekeeping can be bad for wild bees.
Study also finds that crop yields are often limited by a lack of pollinators. A new study finds that the yields of major crops in the United States are frequentlylimited by a lack of pollinators. The study also highlighted the value of America’s wild bees, estimating they boost yields for six of the country’s seven major cropsexamined in … More Wild Bees Are Worth $1.5 Billion for Six U.S. Crops.