Navigation Links
Encouraging signs for bee biodiversity
Date:5/22/2013

Declines in the biodiversity of pollinating insects and wild plants have slowed in recent years, according to a new study.

Researchers led by the University of Leeds and the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre in the Netherlands found evidence of dramatic reductions in the diversity of species in Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands between the 1950s and 1980s.

But the picture brightened markedly after 1990, with a slowdown in local and national biodiversity losses among bees, hoverflies and wild plants.

Professor Bill Kunin, Professor of Ecology at the University of Leeds, said: "Most observers have been saying that the 1992 Rio Earth Summit targets to slow biodiversity loss by 2010 failed, but what we are seeing is a significant slowing or reversal of the declines for wild plants and their insect pollinators.

"These species are important to us. About a third of our food production, including most of our fruit and vegetables, depends on animal pollination and we know that most crop pollination is done by wild pollinators. Biodiversity is important to ensuring we don't lose that service. Relying on a few species could be risky in a changing environment," he added.

The study, published in the journal Ecology Letters, found a 30 per cent fall in local bumblebee biodiversity in all three countries between the 1950s and the 1980s. However, that decline slowed to an estimated 10 per cent in Britain by 2010, while in Belgium and the Netherlands bumblebee diversity had stabilised.

The picture was better for other wild bees, with an 8 per cent reduction in diversity in the Netherlands and a stable picture in Great Britain turning into significant increases (7 per cent in the Netherlands and 10 per cent in Britain) over the past 20 years. While these solitary bees continued to decline in Belgium, hoverfly diversity improved there, shifting from stable diversity in the 1980s to significant (20 per cent) increas
'/>"/>

Contact: Chris Bunting
c.j.bunting@leeds.ac.uk
44-113-343-2049
University of Leeds
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Grant program to spur new research on Alzheimers disease by encouraging collaboration
2. Early warning signs of population collapse
3. Shedding light on a gene mutation that causes signs of premature aging
4. Genetic signs of alcoholism in women studied for the first time
5. Streams show signs of degradation at earliest stages of urban development
6. Wiley signs collaboration agreement with the Asian Federation of Biotechnology
7. Brain scans detect early signs of autism
8. Children exposed to the common pollutant naphthalene show signs of chromosomal damage
9. Buttercups alert farmers to first signs of subarctic fungus in the UK
10. Report presents designs for study of cancer risks near US nuclear facilities
11. Online biodiversity databases audited: Improvement needed
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/31/2015)... Aug. 31, 2015 Research and Markets ( ... "Saudi Arabia Biomedical Sensors Market - Growth, Trends & ... The Saudi Arabia Biomedical Sensors market is estimated ... 3.64% over the period 2014-2020 The near ... the genetic formulation of each individual. These sensors can ...
(Date:8/24/2015)... MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. , Aug. 24, 2015  Based ... & Sullivan recognizes DERMALOG with the 2015 African Biometrics Company ... manufacturer and has achieved substantial commercial success in ... Nigeria , where it has implemented one of ... equipped 23 banks as well as the Central Bank of ...
(Date:8/18/2015)... PRINCETON, N.J. , Aug. 18, 2015 ... be a key contributor to the Submission ... hosted by IRISS, a non-profit forum. Dedicated to ... IRISS provides a neutral platform for industry, ... to share information and work towards a ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Saudi Arabia Biomedical Sensors Market Report 2015 - Growth, Trends & Forecasts (2014-2020) 2Frost & Sullivan Applauds DERMALOG's Rise as the Supplier of Best-in-class Biometric Solutions in Africa 2Frost & Sullivan Applauds DERMALOG's Rise as the Supplier of Best-in-class Biometric Solutions in Africa 3Frost & Sullivan Applauds DERMALOG's Rise as the Supplier of Best-in-class Biometric Solutions in Africa 4Frost & Sullivan Applauds DERMALOG's Rise as the Supplier of Best-in-class Biometric Solutions in Africa 5Frost & Sullivan Applauds DERMALOG's Rise as the Supplier of Best-in-class Biometric Solutions in Africa 6Navitas, a Key Contributor in IRISS Forum Webinar 2Navitas, a Key Contributor in IRISS Forum Webinar 3
... The United States Department of Energy has awarded ... $1 million grant to be distributed over five years. ... small and medium size local manufacturers to manage their ... manufacturing processes. "The center helps local manufacturing companies ...
... Medicine and the Remaking of the Dog in the Twentieth Century, ... in the rise of dogs that are pure bred, which three ... dog show Cruft,s over concerns about the health of pedigree dogs. ... friend, and given its modern position as a domestic companion and ...
... 2006, more than a million have been killed. Little has ... enough evidence to implicate the suspectuntil now. A ... causal agent of White-nose Syndrome (WNS), the fungal disease decimating ... Boyles, a post-doctoral research associate in ecology and evolutionary biology ...
Cached Biology News:UM College of Engineering receives $1 million grant from the Department of Energy 2It's a dog's life: $800,000 study launched into man's best friend 2UT scientist helps confirm link between fungus and bat epidemic 2
(Date:9/1/2015)... ... September 01, 2015 , ... Knowledgent , the data and analytics ... advanced analytics utilizing data lakes in the healthcare industry. , As the Internet of ... of data over the last few years as more entities become technology enabled through ...
(Date:9/1/2015)... ... 01, 2015 , ... A new host-based therapy for Ebola, ... Keck Graduate Institute and its collaborators. The discovery has the potential to speed ... on August 27 by Scientific Reports, an open access research journal from the ...
(Date:9/1/2015)... , September 1, 2015 Shire ... of Sara Mathew to its Board of Directors ... of the Audit, Compliance & Risk Committee of the Shire ... 2015. Sara previously served as Chairman, President and ... in December 2013. During her 12-year tenure at D&B, she ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... ... 31, 2015 , ... In recent years, biodegradable plastics have ... carbon footprints and compostability. These properties can help in limiting the degradation of ... of applications, the market for biodegradable plastics can be broadly segmented into packaging, ...
Breaking Biology Technology:New White Paper Explores Data Lake Opportunities in the Healthcare Industry 2Scientists Discover New Use for an Old Therapy Inhibiting Deadly Pathogens Including Ebola and Anthrax 2Scientists Discover New Use for an Old Therapy Inhibiting Deadly Pathogens Including Ebola and Anthrax 3Scientists Discover New Use for an Old Therapy Inhibiting Deadly Pathogens Including Ebola and Anthrax 4Shire Appoints Sara Mathew to Board of Directors 2Biodegradable Plastics Market Growing at 10.8% CAGR to 2020 2Biodegradable Plastics Market Growing at 10.8% CAGR to 2020 3Biodegradable Plastics Market Growing at 10.8% CAGR to 2020 4Biodegradable Plastics Market Growing at 10.8% CAGR to 2020 5
... Nov. 3, 2010 Sangamo BioSciences, Inc. ... has been awarded a total of $978,000 in grants ... Discovery Project Program. Under the recently ... section 48D of the Internal Revenue Code, cash grants ...
... ... ... var shortURL ... we need to grab the first one. for (var r in data.results) { first_result = data.results[r]; break; } for ...
... Mass., Nov. 2, 2010 Repligen Corporation (Nasdaq: ... quarter of fiscal year 2011, ended September 30, 2010. ... to total revenue of $5,421,000 for the second quarter ... 35%.  Bioprocessing product revenue for the second quarter was ...
Cached Biology Technology:Sangamo BioSciences Awarded Grants for the Development of Four ZFP Therapeutic® Programs 2Sangamo BioSciences Awarded Grants for the Development of Four ZFP Therapeutic® Programs 3IGEN NETWORKS ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF TWO NEW MEMBERS TO THE ADVISORY BOARD 2IGEN NETWORKS ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF TWO NEW MEMBERS TO THE ADVISORY BOARD 3IGEN NETWORKS ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF TWO NEW MEMBERS TO THE ADVISORY BOARD 4IGEN NETWORKS ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF TWO NEW MEMBERS TO THE ADVISORY BOARD 5IGEN NETWORKS ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF TWO NEW MEMBERS TO THE ADVISORY BOARD 6IGEN NETWORKS ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF TWO NEW MEMBERS TO THE ADVISORY BOARD 7IGEN NETWORKS ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF TWO NEW MEMBERS TO THE ADVISORY BOARD 8IGEN NETWORKS ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF TWO NEW MEMBERS TO THE ADVISORY BOARD 9Repligen Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2011 Financial Results 2Repligen Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2011 Financial Results 3Repligen Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2011 Financial Results 4Repligen Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2011 Financial Results 5Repligen Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2011 Financial Results 6Repligen Reports Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2011 Financial Results 7
The SmartSpec printer paper is used to record data generated by the SmartSpec Plus spectrophotometer. Supplied as 5 packs....
... Gel extraction kit, 100 preps Storage: The ... temperature. For longer storage, keep all contents of ... spin column purification kit utilizes a silica-gel based ... DNA fragments in the presence of specialized binding ...
... been developed for affinity capture of ... of ProteinChip chemical surfaces allow differential ... unique biochemical properties. Each chip has ... comparison, and the chips are color-coded ...
The Econo gradient pump rack is a preassembled rack that is used to hold the components of the Econo gradient pump kits....
Biology Products: