June 20, 2005

No problem with pollinator services?

In "Buzziness as usual? Questioning the global pollination crisis", published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution (abstract accessible; paid subscription to read the full text), Jaboury Ghazoul says:

"[F]ew staple food crops depend on pollinator services [others are wind or self-pollinated], and most crops that do are grown at small scales in diversified agro-ecosystems that are likely to support healthy pollinator communities, or in highly managed systems that are largely independent of wild pollinators. Consequently, justifying conservation action on the basis of deteriorating pollinator services might be misplaced."

"An extrapolation from our current knowledge to imply worldwide pollinator and crop production crises is inappropriate and pre-mature."

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