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Wild pollinators crucial – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on March 1st, 2013.

A massive international study of 600 field trials from around the globe (including New Zealand) highlights the importance of wild insects in spreading pollen for agricultural crops, and warns of excessive reliance on honeybees. The study, published in Science, found that wild insects pollinate crops more effectively than managed honeybees, leading to twice as much […]

Biodiversity breakdown in NZ – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on February 4th, 2011.

Knock-on effects from bird loss are relentlessly changing the make-up of New Zealand native forests, according to new research published online today in the journal Science. Researchers from Canterbury and Auckland Universities studied plant life on three pest-free island sanctuaries where pollinating birds — bellbirds, tui and hihi — are abundant. When compared with mainland […]

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