Social Media Sidebar

Announcement

Please sign up, comment on articles and bring your friends!

Current poll

PlanetTech is asking:

What do you think about our new web site?

Love it, indeed
Really good solution
Same as old one
The old one was better
This is a new option

Quote of the day

'By far the greatest danger of Artificial Intelligence is that people conclude too early that they understand it'

 

Eliezer Yudkowsky

Urban habitats 'provide haven' for bees

RATE THIS! +21
Posted in Science on 11th Feb, 2015 06:56 PM by AlexMuller

Britain's urban areas are home to more types of wild bee than farmland, a study has found. Flowers planted in gardens and allotments provide a valuable food source for bees across the year, according to research. Scientists counted honey bees, bumble bees and other pollinating insects, in and around some of the UK's largest towns and cities.

 
Urban habitats can provide a valuable role in bee conservation, they say. Honey bees, bumble bees and other insects that pollinate plants are under threat from habitat loss, pesticides and diseases. But new research suggests that bees and other pollinating insects thrive as well in towns and cities as they do in farms and nature reserves.
 
A team led by Dr Katherine Baldock of the University of Bristol said urban landscapes, making up 7% of the UK - deserve more attention in the drive to protect bees from decline. "Urban areas could be managed in a way to be good to pollinators," she told BBC News. "What we need to know next is which habitats within urban areas are good for pollinators."
 
While farms are often planted with swathes of one crop, gardens and allotments provide a mixed source of flowers across the year, which is a valuable habitat for insects, she added.

Tags: beespollinationbiologynatureenvironment

Read original article » Back to category

Comments

Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-02-11
+1
Many urban areas in Britain are quite green with a good variety of plants and no pesticides - bees could be very happy in such places! Reply


 

Recent headlines

  • Posted in Science on 2017-03-22 07:41:30
    'Smallsats' open up new planetary frontier..read more
    Posted in Science on 2017-03-22 07:36:45
    Trump signs NASA funding bill, sets goal of human on Mars..read more
    Posted in Medicine on 2017-03-22 07:30:04
    A Groundbreaking Stem Cell Treatment Just Prevented a.....read more
    Posted in Hardware on 2017-03-21 18:16:58
    Improved materials for interfacing neural tissue with.....read more
    Posted in Science on 2017-03-21 18:11:10
    SpaceX to make history by re-flying orbital rocket..read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-10 01:33
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-20 07:17
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Software on 2013-10-20 06:43
Pirate Bay Browser Clocks 1,000,000 Downloads..read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-10 02:10
Google reportedly investing hundreds of millions into new.....read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-14 03:13
Endothelial Cells Can Repair and Regenerate Organs,.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Staring at Your Phone Could Be Making You Short Sighted..read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Oculus Rift virtual reality headset coming to mobile, but.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Delivering drugs via nanoparticles to target mitochondria..read more

Recent Blog Posts

  • Posted by AlexMuller
    Intensive medical treatment can reverse type 2 diabetes..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Daily consumption of tea protects the elderly from cognitive.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    New analysis method of metabolites accurately predicts whether.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Unproven stem cell 'therapy' blinds three patients at Florida.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Indigenous South American group has healthiest arteries of all.....read more

Login to your Account

Login to your PlanetTech Account here

Username:
Password:
Remember me
or

Create a New Account

You just need username and password

The following errors occured:
Username:
Email:
Password:
Verify password:
Remember me