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New paper: Wild pollinators and global crops

Published in SCIENCE today

Examples of native crop pollinators

Taylor is a co-author of a new paper in Science, entitled: Wild Pollinators enhance fruit set of crops regardless of Honey Bee abundance. 

The study, led by Lucas Garibaldi at Universidad Nacional de Río Negro in Argentina, involved 50 authors and data on 41 crop systems from 20 countries.   Our surprising result is that native pollinators enhance production of crops, regardless of whether farmers use managed honeybees to augment pollination.  This suggests that honeybees do not – as popularly thought –  replace the pollination services that native pollinators provide to crops around the world.  Conserving pollinators and their habitats is therefore an important part of ensuring adequate crop pollination.