Biodiversity and Ecosystem Loss (Does the declining population of key…
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Loss
Does the declining population of key pollinating species affect our ecosystem?
How do bees contribute to our overall environment?
key to food production as they pollinate crops
a third of the food we eat depends on pollinating insects
in europe, the growth of over 4,000 crops depends of pollinating insects.
When has the decreasing population of bees started to occur?
since 2006, beekeepers have noticed a rapid decline in the number of bees per colony
Who and What are the main contributors to the decline of bees?
industrial agriculture, parasites/pathogens, climate change
Where are the affected places?
states/countries that depend on the honey yield of bees
What are the consequences of the change in the number of bees in our ecosystem?
loss of biodiversity, destruction of habitat, lack of forage
How are bees affected due to the pesticides and pathogens?
psychological effects, changing in foraging patterns, interference in feeding behaviour, affecting the learning process
What is a key species in Hong Kong?
What are some of the precautions taken in order to protect the key pollinating species?
fewer chemicals - decrease in the usage of pesticides - better for health and bees
organic farming - sustainable and the quality of the soil and plants can be preserved