Pollination is key to ensuring the security of food, livestock fodder, medicines and livelihoods. And one key pollinator is the buzzing insect of the hills.
Honeybees are considered one of the most important pollinators on the planet and along with other pollinators, they contribute to the reproduction of ~85% of flowering plants as well as 35% of global crop production. Unfortunately, honeybee populations have been severely declining due to factors such as diseases and intense habitat loss. It is not only agriculture that reaps the benefits of pollinators, so too do wildlife who feed on the seeds and fruits that require pollination. This makes pollinators, especially honeybees, key species because they are crucial to the survival of so many other species and systems. Therefore, the conservation of pollinating insects, such as the honeybees, is detrimental to the preservation of biodiversity as well as agriculture.