Editor's Picks

13 December 2011

Insects and plant pollination

Recent researches indicate that wild bees distribute pollen across different types of cropland

"The finding is considered to be an economic implication for farmers in performing crop pollination" says Claire Kremen, Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management-University of California.

"Pollination is an incredibly important ecological function," Kremen said. Bees function as pollinators because, as they feed on flower after flower, they unintentionally shuttle grains of pollen from one plant to the next. Without bees to do that lifting, many common North American plants—including numerous economically important crops—would go unfertilized and would be unable to reproduce, she said.

The research considered two important factors: How much natural habitat existed near the farm, and whether the farm relied on organic or conventional cultivating techniques.

California’s almond crop alone depends on about half the bees in United States, about 1.5 million colonies! The bees pollinate in the almond groves for about six weeks, and then are sent on to work other crops.

Scientists say that now the almond crop and many others could be in trouble with so many bees dying, Glory to Allah!

The question is: who taught those little insects to do such job, coincidence, nature or the creator of nature and everything?

Allah almighty say:

"Glorify the name of thy Guardian-Lord Most High*who hath created, and further, given order and proportion *who hath ordained laws. And granted guidance*and who bring out the (green and luscious) pasture" [Quran 87:1-4]

By: Abduldaem Al-Kaheel

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2. http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/Stories/AnimalsNature/Honey-bee-mystery
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