Bee Concerned: Big study—Selective pollinators are declining

By Susan Milius, 15:55 PM April 15, 2008

A million records from insect-spotting hobbyists in Europe contain the broadest evidence so far of a decline among some of the region's pollinators and the wild plants that need them, says an international research team.

The new study shows that since the 1980s, bees have dwindled in diversity in Britain and the Netherlands, as have wild plants that are at the mercy of insects that transport pollen, says Koos Biesmeijer of the University of Leeds in England. The team's unusual study strongly ...

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