Friday, December 03, 2010
Bee Pollination – Declines and Impacts – Colony Collapse Disorder
Some people are facing the honeybees as insects that are going to hurt them. Humans don’t know much about them and they don’t know what is happening to the bees that they are disappearing fast. Well what will happen if our food, our plants start disappearing too? The vegetables, the fruits and the flowers depend on bees for pollination, however the honeybee population is decreasing and more bees are vanishing each day. The scientists have named this mysterious disappearing of the bees Colony Collapse Disorder or CCD. So the question is what is causing this disappearing? Is it because of the pesticides and the sprays for the plants that are used as fertilizers? Is it because of the limited areas that nature exists nowadays in our world? However the causes of the Colony Collapse Disorder are still unknown. So the bee pollination, the Colony Collapse Disorder, the declines and the impacts are going to be examined more in the following paragraphs.
“Probably the most important activity of bees, in terms of benefits to human, is their pollination of natural vegetation, something that is rarely observed by non-specialists and is almost never appreciated” (Michener, 2000, 3). Although there are plants and flowers that can be pollinated on their own and other plants and trees that can be pollinated by the wind, the biggest percentage of them are bee-pollinated. Bees are playing a vital role as pollinators as they are transferring the pollen grains from the male plant to the female one. The garden flowers, the fruits on the trees, the vegetables in the agricultural ecosystems, all these depend on the bees in order to pollinate. According to an article posted on Buzzle.com (2010), nearly 20,000 types of bees exist. Some of these bees’ humans know them, as they are the honeybees, the bumblebees and the wild bees but also there...