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If bees and other pollinators were to disappear completely, the cost to the UK economy could be up to £440m per year, scientists have warned.

This amounts to about 13% of the country’s income from farming.

In a bid to save the declining insects, up to £10m has been invested in nine projects that will explore threats to pollinators.

The Insect Pollinators Initiative will look at different aspects of the insects’ decline.

The initiative brings together specialists from a number of UK universities, as well as from the Food & Environment Research Agency and the Natural Environment Research Council’s (Nerc) Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

It is funded by several public and charity organisations, led by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Honeybees, hoverflies, wasps, bumblebees, moths and butterflies play a vital role in feeding people through the pollination of crops.

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Blue-green orchid bees zip through increasingly scarce patches of tropical forest pollinating rare flowers. For the first time, researchers at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute track unique signals from tiny transmitters glued to individual orchid bees, yielding new insight into the role of bees in tropical forest ecosystems.

“When people disturb and destroy tropical forest they disrupt pollination systems,” said David Roubik, senior staff scientist at STRI. “Now we can track orchid bees to get at the distances and spatial patterns involved in pollination—vital details that have completely eluded us in the past.”

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Originating reserch paper: Large-Range Movements of Neotropical Orchid Bees Observed via Radio Telemetry.

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Dear supporter,

Great News! We have reached the SEMI-FINALS of a national awards scheme for the best environmental project!
Heard this before? This is different! With your help, last year we WON a competition for conservation funding. Now you can help us again with just a few clicks of your mouse.
We need your help – can you spare TWO MOUSE CLICKS to help BBCT?
  • We are semi-finalists in the National Lottery Award Scheme for the best environmental project
  • Your vote (just two mouse clicks online) will help us to reach the televised awards ceremony! This will raise our profile, attract funders and will in turn allow us to do more to help bees!
ALSO – could you spare a few pounds to sponsor the Flying Banana Bumblebee? Adrian Wood is cycling from Land’s End to John o’Groats to raise money for BBCT and would love to receive your support…

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