Tuesday, February 22, 2011

the plight of the pollinators

The quest for the causes of the recent losses of honey bee colonies continues, and wild pollinators such as bumblebees are also threatened. A year shy of the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson's famous book, it looks as though we might live to experience a silent spring ...

Read my feature article which appeared today:

New fears over bee declines
Current Biology, Volume 21, Issue 4, R137-R139, 22 February 2011
summary and FREE access to PDF file

PS here's one of my photos of one of the more successful bumblebee species, Bombus hypnorum, which actually expanded its range in Europe in the last couple of decades, and moved into England's gardens:

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