Honey Bees (Apis mellifera L.) and Pollination Issues: Current status, impacts and potential drivers of decline

Yagya Prasad Paudel, Robert Mackereth, Rodney Hanley, Wensheng Qin

Abstract


European honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) are important pollinators of many fruits, nuts, vegetables and field crops. Honey bees also pollinate different wild flowering plants and help to maintain the ecosystems. Currently, these pollinators are facing a number of threats including habitat destruction, pesticides, mites, parasites and loss of genetic diversity. Because of the decline in their number, there is a great loss of ecological services which impacts the world’s economy. This review of honey bee and pollination issues highlights the need of protection and conservation of these important pollinators. Research is required to quantify the synergistic effects of potential drivers for current colony loss and to identify the ecotypes and native species of honey bees which are more resistant to pests, pathogens and pesticides.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/jas.v7n6p93

Journal of Agricultural Science ISSN 1916-9752 (Print) ISSN 1916-9760 (Online)

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