Pollinators in Decline What Can Be Done?
Threats to pollinators are pervasive. Researchers have presented evidence that pollination systems have been disrupted and some pollinator populations are declining. Clearly, measures must be taken to document the actual extent of pollinator declines, especially among the poorly studied native insect pollinators. Concurrent steps should be taken to avert a potential pollination crisis.
A. Policy and Management. While no national strategy currently exists to deal with the pollinator declines, steps can be taken to strengthen and maintain efficient pollination systems. Some of the more notable approaches include:90
B. Research Needs. Scientific understanding of pollination dynamics and the consequences of diminishing pollinator levels is at best incomplete. Further research is needed to fill gaps in a wide array of pollination issues:
Resarch to identify economically important plant-pollinator relationships is also vitally important.91 92 93
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