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Food supply collapse? Over a third of the U.K.’s native bee and hoverfly species are dying out – here’s why it spells trouble for crops

Experts are concerned about the dramatic decline in Britain’s bee population, and given the trouble it could spell for the future food supply, it’s a matter that deserves everyone’s attention.  Researchers have found that a third of Britain’s bee species are suffering declines. Another important species, hoverflies, are also under threat, and the loss of these important pollinators has British farmers on edge.  After examining more than 700,000 biological records, researchers found that the geographic range of hoverflies and bees has dropped by roughly 25 percent, with even greater losses – 55 percent, to be exact – noted in the upland parts of northern England. It’s the rarer species that are being hit the hardest by these declines, however. The findings were published in the journal Nature Communications.  Read more....

 

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