Thursday, October 19, 2006

"Pollinators' Decline Called Threat to Crops"

Read the full article by Juliet Eilperin in The Washington Post, October 19, 2006.

Lead: "Birds, bees, bats and other species that pollinate North American plant life are losing population, according to a study released yesterday by the National Research Council. This "demonstrably downward" trend could damage dozens of commercially important crops, scientists warned, since three-quarters of all flowering plants depend on pollinators for fertilization."

Read the full NAS report or a summary online.

Comment: I suspect this is a really serious indicator of environmental degradation! JAD

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