Navigation Links
EU policy is driving up demand for pollination faster than honeybee numbers
Date:1/9/2014

Research conducted by the University of Reading's Centre for Agri-Environmental Research, and funded by the EU FP7 project STEP and the Insect Pollinators Initiative Crops project, indicates that demand for pollination services has risen five times as fast as the number of colonies across Europe.

The study, led by Professor Simon Potts, compared the number of available honeybee colonies in 41 European countries with their demands for pollination services in the years 2005 and 2010. The findings indicate that, although the total number of honeybee colonies increased in some European countries, the demands for the pollination services supplied by these pollinators has increased much faster due to the increasing demand for biofuel feedstocks.

In just over half the countries studied, including the UK, France, Germany and Italy, honeybee stocks were found to be insufficient to supply these pollination services alone.

Dr Tom Breeze who conducted the research said "This study has shown that EU biofuel policy has had an unforeseen consequence in making us more reliant upon wild pollinators like bumblebees and hoverflies to meet demands for this basic ecosystem service." Adding "The results don't show that wild pollinators actually do all the work, but they do show we have less security if their populations should collapse."

The findings are of particular concern for the UK which the study suggests has now less than 25% of the honeybee colonies it needs. The only country with less security is the Republic of Moldova which is both the poorest country in Europe and the most reliant upon agriculture to provide its income.

The researchers also note that, if taken as a continuous region where colonies could move
'/>"/>

Contact: Thomas D. Breeze
t.d.breeze@reading.ac.uk
Pensoft Publishers
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. APS issues new policy requiring identification of sex or gender in reporting scientific research
2. Towards an agroforestry policy in Indonesia
3. UCSD researchers: Where international climate policy has failed, grassroots efforts can succeed
4. Developing policy on moving threatened species called a grand challenge for conservation
5. Ken Bierly of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board to receive ESA Regional Policy Award
6. Biodiversity conservation depends on scale: Lessons from the sience-policy dialogue
7. Scientists call policy-makers to be scale-aware
8. Biodiversity conservation depends on scale: Lessons from the science-policy dialogue
9. Study offers new tool for incorporating water impacts into policy decisions
10. Water resources management and policy in a changing world: Where do we go from here?
11. LSUHSCs Weiss chosen to help set national eye policy, research
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
EU policy is driving up demand for pollination faster than honeybee numbers
(Date:12/5/2014)... 2014 Increased emphasis on product quality, ... testing and inspection technologies. The convergence of industries ... range of innovative test solutions. This trend is ... which is generally more inclined towards communication, media ... strategies of test equipment vendors will cater to ...
(Date:11/21/2014)... , November 18, 2014 According ... Market by Systems (Video, RFID, Access Control, Intrusion Detection, ... Hotels, Banks, Government), Component Service Geography - Global Forecasts ... Market is projected to be around $25 Billion in ... 2020, growing at a CAGR of 8.69%. ...
(Date:11/18/2014)... 2014  The Secure Identity & Biometrics Association ... announce the formation of The Airport Entry and ... Identity and Biometric Entry and Exit Solutions Framework ... support from BORDERPOL, the international non-profit organization that ... expertise regarding border security, traveler and migration systems. ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Emerging Technologies Enable Smarter Monitoring of Assets, Push Industrial Testing, Inspection and Monitoring Market 2Emerging Technologies Enable Smarter Monitoring of Assets, Push Industrial Testing, Inspection and Monitoring Market 3Emerging Technologies Enable Smarter Monitoring of Assets, Push Industrial Testing, Inspection and Monitoring Market 4Industrial Security Systems Market Worth $38 Billion by 2020 2Industrial Security Systems Market Worth $38 Billion by 2020 3Identity Management, Document Authentication and Biometric Companies Form "The Airport Entry and Exit Working Group", Releasing the Framework to Help Guide the Department of Homeland Security and Congress Towards Solutions 2Identity Management, Document Authentication and Biometric Companies Form "The Airport Entry and Exit Working Group", Releasing the Framework to Help Guide the Department of Homeland Security and Congress Towards Solutions 3
... paint containing dangerous,concentrations of lead is being sold in ... refusing to remove the paint from store shelves. , ... the lead content of paint in,Cameroon to protect public ... (OK International) and co-author of a new,research study about ...
... National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are constantly innovating, integrating novel ... 52 R&D 100 Awards known in the research and ... groundbreaking work. When it came time for the lab ... the NREL team knew it would have to be made ...
... Making headway against a major public health threat, Dartmouth College ... that records data in real time, a new study in ... The researchers expect to soon convert the prototype, which is ... and reusable device that helps to enforce no smoking regulations ...
Cached Biology News:US company identified as manufacture of lead paint in Africa 2New ultra-efficient HPC data center debuts 2New ultra-efficient HPC data center debuts 3New ultra-efficient HPC data center debuts 4New ultra-efficient HPC data center debuts 5New ultra-efficient HPC data center debuts 6New ultra-efficient HPC data center debuts 7
(Date:12/15/2014)... Israel , Dec. 15, 2014  BrainStorm ... leading developer of adult stem cell technologies for neurodegenerative ... Ltd. was awarded a grant of approximately $1.1 million ... Chief Scientist (OCS).  This is the eighth year that ... the Office of the Chief Scientist, which is part ...
(Date:12/15/2014)... Agritech Limited (NASDAQ GS: SEED) (" Origin ", or the ... China , today announced that the Company ... 30, 2014, before the market opens on Thursday, January 8, ... January 8, 2015, at 8:00 a.m. ET / 9:00 p.m. ... To participate in the call, please dial +1-888-346-8982 in ...
(Date:12/13/2014)... 2014 /CNW/ - MaRS and Virgin Unite Canada, the non-profit ... joined forces to support Canadian entrepreneurs tackling social and environmental ... was at the MaRS Centre to announce the new partnership, ... fund. This fund has $1 million in seed capital provided ... -based Mindset Social Innovation Foundation, founded by Alison Lawton ...
(Date:12/13/2014)... 12, 2014 Trend lines for photonics ... global economic growth, Eugene Arthurs, CEO of SPIE, ... in a featured talk at OPTIC (Optics and Photonics ... National Chung Hsing University in Taichung. , As examples, ... future energy supplies and soon to hit US$50 billion ...
Breaking Biology Technology:BrainStorm Receives $1,100,000 for its 8th Annual Non-Dilutive Grant from Israel's Chief Scientist Office 2BrainStorm Receives $1,100,000 for its 8th Annual Non-Dilutive Grant from Israel's Chief Scientist Office 3Origin Agritech Limited to Announce Fiscal 2014 Annual Financial Results on January 8th, 2015 2Origin Agritech Limited to Announce Fiscal 2014 Annual Financial Results on January 8th, 2015 3MaRS and Virgin Unite partner to invest in business as a force for good 2MaRS and Virgin Unite partner to invest in business as a force for good 3Photonics Continues Upward Trends Despite Challenges in the Global Economy, Notes SPIE CEO 2Photonics Continues Upward Trends Despite Challenges in the Global Economy, Notes SPIE CEO 3Photonics Continues Upward Trends Despite Challenges in the Global Economy, Notes SPIE CEO 4Photonics Continues Upward Trends Despite Challenges in the Global Economy, Notes SPIE CEO 5
... ON, April 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Vasogen Inc.,(NASDAQ: VSGN ; ... months ended February 29, 2008. All dollar amounts referenced ... February 29, 2008, our cash and cash equivalents totaled ... We incurred a net loss for the three ...
... BALTIMORE, April 3, 2008 Alba Therapeutics Corporation,today ... its Chief Executive,Officer (CEO) and a member of ... Partner with SV Life Sciences Advisors, LLC. Previously, ... of the senior management team for several,successful entrepreneurial ...
... LEEDS Standards for Sustainable Development, PLEASANTON, Calif., ... announced the opening of its new research facility,at ... represents the final phase of consolidation of RMD,s ... now houses close to 500,employees, including 120 members ...
Cached Biology Technology:Vasogen Announces First Quarter 2008 Results 2Vasogen Announces First Quarter 2008 Results 3Vasogen Announces First Quarter 2008 Results 4Vasogen Announces First Quarter 2008 Results 5Vasogen Announces First Quarter 2008 Results 6Vasogen Announces First Quarter 2008 Results 7Vasogen Announces First Quarter 2008 Results 8Vasogen Announces First Quarter 2008 Results 9Vasogen Announces First Quarter 2008 Results 10Vasogen Announces First Quarter 2008 Results 11Alba Therapeutics Announces Appointment of Bruce A. Peacock as its Chief Executive Officer 2Roche Molecular Diagnostics Invests $57.5 Million in 'Green' Research Building 2Roche Molecular Diagnostics Invests $57.5 Million in 'Green' Research Building 3
Rat Dermal Fibroblasts (RDF) (>500,000 cells)...
... The miVac Duo is suitable for use ... volatile organic solvents through to water and ... ,A centrifugal concentrator capable of removing water ... sample formats including tubes, microplates, vials and ...
... The Brownlee Precision Model 410 is a ... used to amplify small signals from sources which ... frequency noise. Each channel consists of a high ... 2-pole lowpass filter, and an output offset control. ...
Proliferin (N-14)...
Biology Products: