Native pollinators boost crop yields worldwide

Farmers may not get the most out of their crops if they rely solely on honeybees

By Susan Milius, 14:05 PM March 1, 2013

Honeybees may be busy, but they may not be efficient: Native pollinators could help farms worldwide produce bigger harvests.

Without the aid of local free-living pollinators, “we are not reaching the potential yield we could,” says Lucas Garibaldi of the National University of Rio Negro and Argentina’s CONICET research network. Communities of wild pollinators are more efficient overall than honeybees, he says. Crop yield increased as more wild visitors came to farms.

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