So many cool discoveries were made this year. Check out this Top 10 list from National Geographic and learn more about this year’s coolest finds.
Interesting read. Cities are supposedly better for pollinating insects than the country, because they foster year-round growth instead of the farms’ boom-and-bust setup i.e. a brief period of intense pollination in the spring and then nothing.
The residential street in Bristol that is being surveyed reveals an eclectic array of plants - from carefully planted lavender to pockets of weeds like toad-flax - and plenty of insects buzzing about and pollinating them…
In contrast, farmland habitats can offer a feast and famine situation for insects: when a crop such as oil seed rape is in flower, pollinators will flock, but once the bloom is over, there is little there for them.And in nature reserves, the researchers think that plant choice may be limited too.
2010 was the worst year for bee populations so far, and this vitally important species’ numbers are rapidly dwindling. Scientists are working on breeding a new “super bee” that will be resistant to cold, disease, pesticides and mites. Check the link for pictures!