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26 February 2016, Kuala Lumpur -  - A growing number of pollinator species worldwide are being driven toward extinction by diverse pressures, many of them human-made, threatening millions of livelihoods and hundreds of billions of dollars worth of food supplies,...

Many important crops: tomatoes, chili peppers, and blueberries, to name just a few, have a special pollination need, called “buzz pollination”. They store their pollen in enclosed anthers that have a small opening at the tip. A bee must...

Leafcutter bees
10 June 2015

There are a group of bees, very important to the pollination of fruit trees and alfalfa and other crops, which are called “Leafcutter bees”.  Very occasionally, in the spring, you might by chance,  see a bee fly past as...

Many people are surprised to learn that there are many, many more bees than just the honey bee- around 20,000 different species, in fact. Is one better than the other?  It turns out that “working” together, honey bees and...

Two strawberries (grown near Nanyuki, Kenya): The strawberry on the left is well shaped and it developed from a flower that received sufficient pollination on most of its stigmas. The one on the right shows evidence that only the...