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Agapostemon sweat bee

As global food demand increases, farmers are increasingly relying on single, managed bee species (often honey bees) to pollinate their crops. However, honey bees are not the best pollinators for all crops, and honey bee colonies have recently been experiencing health problems, notably colony collapse disorder. Recent research has shown that promoting a diversity of wild insect pollinators – such as the sweat bee in this photograph – can augment crop yield. This can be done through such practices as decreasing pesticide use, planting multiple crops, and planting wildflowers around crop fields. This image originally appeared on the cover of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment in October of 2014.
Primary or BEN resource type
Discipline Specific Core Concepts
Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords pollinator, bees, farming, agriculture, insects
Key taxa Green sweat bee, Agapostemon
Intended End User Role
Educational Language
Pedagogical Use Description This photo could be used to talk about the importance of pollination in our food systems, and how human-induced global change is altering the relationship between humans and pollinators.
Primary Author Controlled Name
Primary Author Affiliation Texas Tech University
Primary Author email None provided
Submitter Name Patrick Monahan
Submitter Email
Rights "Green Sweat Bee" by Griselda Melendez:
Reproduced under Creative Commons licence CC-BY-NC-ND
Date Of Record Submission 2014-10-01

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