Bees & Plant Relations

by alex11 on March 13, 2018 - 9:04pm

In the article “Loss of Bees Bad for Plants” by Chris Palmer published from The Scientist. The author writes about the horrible consequences of the loss of bees on the plants and the ecosystem in general. Bees have a “a monogamous relationship between pollinators and plants, ensuring that plants receive pollen from their own species.” (Palmer, 2013).  Therefore, one of the consequences is that because of low pollination, plants can’t reproduce, spread and grow. In addition, this can prevent some of the production of foods such as honey in which it depends on pollination. Also, this causes plants to not be able to reproduce and thus becoming instinct.

 

 

In my opinion, the usage of pesticides should be reduced and modified its chemical compounds to reduce the harmful effects it has on the bees.  A proof of this is that in “the last decade saw a precipitous decline in worldwide bee populations, possibly due to pesticide use, stirring concerns over the survival of plants and food crops without their most prolific pollinators.” (Palmer, 2013). To allow pollination, bees a very important in that process and this process is the very survival of the ecosystem in which it could die off without a pollinator as it is now. Because, scientist and others are very worried that without bees, plants couldn’t give the essential food such as honey.    

Bibliography

Palmer, C. (2013, July 23). Loss of Bees Bad for Plants. The Scientist. Retrieved March 12, 2018, from https://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/36657/title/Loss-...

 

 

https://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/36657/title/Loss-...

 

 

Comments

this summary is explains well how important of an impact a decline in bees population can have on us. to add on to your summary, climate change is also a factor in the decrease of bee population. with the immense production of green gas we produce on a daily basis we are destroying the natural habitats of many bee population. unlike many animal and insect species that are shifting the habitat range more closer to the north, bee are having difficulty adapting to this trend and on the other hand see their habitat compressed more towards the south as explained by the video produced by science cited in the article "climate change is killing bees" by Tim McDonnell. If we do not find measures to reduce our use of insecticides and our green gas production we will see a major decline in bees population than there already is, which will result in a huge decreases in many of our agricultural sectors and economy. less plants will be pollinated, therefore less reproduction of these plants and in the long run, our soil will not be able to produce as much food as we need to sustain our whole human population. we are causing damage only to ourselves if we keep up with our current life style and the consequences will be severe to deal with. i agree with you, and think that governments and corporation around the world are -as a responsibility to us the people- to find better measures to insure the survival of bees and thus ensuring most likely on the long run the survival of agriculture of mankind.
McDonnell, T. (2015) Climate change is killing bees. Grist
https://grist.org/article/climate-change-is-killing-bees/
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I chose to comment on your Summary as I found it very interesting. I believe that the bees are an incredibly important part of our ecosystem and once I discovered that their population was declining, I wanted to learn why. The bee population is in fact declining and this will consequently affect plants as well. According to the European Food Safety Authority, 3 Neonicotinoids including Clothianidin, Imidacloprid and Thiamethoxam are all pesticides that pose a risk to the bee population (Chambers, 2018). Pesticides are a major cause of the decline in the bee population. I agree with your opinion in which the use of pesticides should be reduced and modified in order to not harm the bees. Without bees, pollination would be extremely difficult and this will consequently affect the growth of plants.

Chambers, S. (2018, March 2). ‘Most uses’ of neonicotinoids pose risk to bees, study finds. Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved from http://www.edp24.co.uk/business/most-uses-of-neonicotinoids-pose-risk-to...

I found this article very entertaining and educational because I never thought that basically everything in an ecosystem depends on the survival of one tiny species of insect. The survival of the ecosystems surrounding us has such a huge impact on humans lives since we depend on pollination for agricultural purposes. Everything is related concerning the bee population and the growth of surrounding environments that rely on pollination to spread and be preserved. Seeing that humans rely on bees in order to have a convenient environment, we should lessen our use of pesticides to ensure a greater future for bees and the many benefits that they provide. If bees were to extinct, everything would collapse in nature therefore, directly affecting us as well as other animals. I now understand that bees aren’t just useful for their production of a sweet substance that we call honey, but that we absolutely need them to maintain a stable. In the past decade, many companies have decided to take action and ban several chemicals known to kill bees, emphasizing that these insects play a major role in food production and without them, it would be impossible to feed the worlds population.

source: https://environmentamerica.org/programs/ame/no-bees-no-food

Congrats, this article is really interesting. I chose to comment this summary because this environmental problem is bigger than what we should expect of it. Bees are so important in our ecosystems and the environment around us. They have so many positive consequences on our society and it is for this reason that we should take care of them. They protect plants, flowers, trees, etc. I love the part when you said that, one of the consequences is that because of low pollination, plants can’t reproduce, spread and grow. I found an interesting article that talks about the fact thet loss of bees lead to malnutrition and starvation around the planet but mostly in the developing world. This cause leads to other negative consequences like starvation, which is really bad and important.

Baxter, Adelyn. "Loss of honey and other pollinators could mean malnutrition for millions around the world." PBS News Hour, Science Jan 28, 2015 9:59 AM EDT

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