Conserving bees to save our farms
The use of pesticides and chemical-intensive farming systems are causing bees and other vital pollinators to die at alarming rates worldwide. These insects are essential for two-thirds of our food crops. Enhancing biodiversity is one way to mitigate the loss of pollinator diversity. The EU-funded FAB project will investigate the spatial and temporal distribution patterns of key pollinating species. It will conduct research at cereal and flower fields in France. Ultimately, the project’s goal is to integrate the concept of functional agricultural biodiversity to help farmers restore key ecological services (biological crop pest suppression and crop pollination) to ensure biodiversity-friendly production.