A team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts which was led by Lynn Adler has been awarded $2.4 million from the national science foundation to trace how food affects the ability of pathogens for
attack plant pollinators!
This research which Lynn discovered will be conducted across a wide area. Scientists will to many ecosystems and trace the data. One of the hardest and biggest challenges in biology today is to understand and manage how the pathogens travel have been affected and are devastating, pollinators like bees and other insects have faced many die-offs in the past decade! This has raised a severe concern leading to the scientists calling it, an insect apocalypse.
Biologists still don’t have a clear understanding of what role plants play in the pathogen pollinator. While flowers provide pollinators with food, diseases are also spread from the flower. So this is the reason why the population of bees pollinating a flower has decreased because of pathogens! Please do be considerate about our earth and be responsible to make our earth a better place to live for our future generations to come.
Author: Sri Nihal Tammana
PC: Sunflower pollen seems to be a super-food for pollinators. But why? (Credit: Justin Roch)