Gentle Beekeeping

2016-05-31

The bees and the pollination

The bees and the pollination

 

 

 

The bees take part in the pollination of crops, but they also visit the wild plants. The reproduction of more than 200 000 plant species therefore depends on the foraging of domestic bees and other pollinator insects.

Without the bees, we know that there will be no more pollination. The unfertilized flowers will become sterile and will no longer give fruits or seeds to be sown.
Indeed, in order to breed,  plants often need external assistance. For instance, the conifers wear on a same branch both male and female flowers, and they come into contact through the wind. However, it is not the case for other plants to the extend that  the intervention of an insect is vital. This issue is quite simple to solve : the male part, the pollen has to come into contact with the female part, the pistil. As plants cannot move, who better than the bees and the insects to carry out this task ?

Knowing that one-third of our diet in fruits and vegetables is dependent upon the pollination of the plants by the wild or domestic bees, our meals will not look the same if bees disappear. For breakfast, no more fruit salad and glass of orange juice !  We will have to be content with a rice bowl sprinkled with some cereals.

 

Here is what would be left for breakfast if bees were to disappear :

 

"Bees, precious endangered insects" / "Les abeilles, des précieux insectes en danger" ed. Belin Jeunesse.
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