The European Honey Bee Shortage

Bioscience for the future has an update o the bee situation in Europe.

Europe has 13.4 million too few honeybee colonies to properly pollinate its crops, according to new research from the University of Reading.

The discovery, made by scientists at the University's Centre for Agri-Environmental Research (CAER), shows that demand for insect pollination is growing five times as fast as the number of honeybee colonies across Europe as farmers grow more insect-pollinated oil crops, such as oilseed rape and sunflowers, and fruit.

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Published on Jan 8, 2014

Europe has 13.4M too few honeybee colonies to properly pollinate its crops, according to new research from the University of Reading.

The discovery, co-funded by BBSRC and made by scientists at the university's Centre for Agri-Environmental Research (CAER), shows that demand for insect pollination is growing five times as fast as the number of honeybee colonies across Europe as farmers grow more insect-pollinated oil crops, such as oilseed rape and sunflowers, and fruit.

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More on honey bees and related topics.

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By kamera fiyatları (not verified) on 09 Jan 2014 #permalink

I left Southern Illinois in 1999. For about ten years previously, I had not seen any honeybees on my flowers. I do see them here in Central Texas.

By Jim Thomerson (not verified) on 09 Jan 2014 #permalink

Interesting that the bees of Ireland arrange themselves along political lines.

By Patrick Sweetman (not verified) on 10 Jan 2014 #permalink