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Pollinators

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Pollinators are nearly as important as sunlight, soil and water to the reproductive success of over 75% of the world's flowering plants. 

They are crucial to the production of most fruits, nuts and berries on which wildlife and people depend.  

WHAT IS POLLINATION?

Pollination results when the pollen from the male part of the flower (stamen) is moved to the female part of the same or another flower (stigma) and fertilizes it, resulting in the production of fruits and seeds. Some flowers rely on the wind to move pollen, while other rely on animals to move pollen.

Animals visit flowers in search of food and sometimes even mates, shelter and nest-building materials. Some animals, such as many bees, intentionally collect pollen, while others, such as many butterflies and birds, move pollen incidentally because the pollen sticks on their body while they are collecting nectar from the flowers. All of these animals are considered pollinators.

 

Find more information at the following links:

This link will take you to the USFWS Pollinator Website which is full of useful information about Pollinators and their role in our lives and what we can do to conserve them: http://www.fws.gov/pollinators/  

 

Another interesting website with information from the 2013 International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health, and Policy includes recent research and thoughts on preserving our pollinators: http://ento.psu.edu/pollinators/pollin-spotlight-items/materials-from-the-2013-international-conference-on-pollinator-biology-health-and-policy 

 
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Last Updated: Mar 17, 2014
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