21 May '11, 9pm

Growing demand for honeybees and pollination services in the UK

Growing demand for honeybees and pollination services in the UK

Insect mediated pollination is a service provided by nature. The estimated economic value of this service stands at 15 billion euros per year in the EU, as recently reported by the European Biodiversity Strategy , and approximately 153 billion euros per annum globally. Moreover, many wild plant species, which characterise our natural and also cultural landscapes, depend on insect pollination and without which their conservation could be threatened. A new study, currently in press in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment , assesses the importance of insect pollinated crops at regional and national scales. Furthermore this study also investigated the capacity of honeybees to provide pollination services to the UK agriculture. An analysis of crops grown in the UK since 1984 indicates that insect pollinated crop area has risen by 57.8%, covering 848,946 ha of UK ...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/conservation/growing-demand-hon...

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