Bees vital to produce pollination

EVERY flowering plant – whether wild or cultivated – that successfully produces seeds must be pollinated.

Pollinators are responsible for assisting more than 80 per cent of the world’s flowering plants. Without them, humans and wildlife wouldn’t have much to eat. It’s estimated two in every three mouthfuls of food need pollination by agents like the honeybee.

Animals that assist plants in their reproduction as pollinators include bees, species of ants, bats, beetles, birds, butterflies, flies, moths, and wasps. Wind and water also play a role in the pollination of many plants.

Apples, avocados, stone fruits, melons and citrus fruits are either highly dependent on, or greatly benefit from, honeybee pollination.

Queensland’s honey bee industry plays an important role in the pollination process and is estimated to provide around $1 billion in value to the state economy.

 

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