Bees pollinate a lot of crops like apple, citrus, strawberry, blueberry, tomato, melon, oilseed rape, carrot, etc. We may not be realizing, but long term monitoring of the changes in global crop production over the past 50 years shows we are becoming more reliant on pollinator-dependent crops. Without bees, there could be serious problems for agriculture productivity and even food security in some regions of the world might have problems.
Even though the movie is animated, it is a great representation of what our environment would look like without bees. The bee population has been declining over the past few years. The bee movie is basically what would happen if we did not have bees. They are great pollinators and they spread seeds. If we didn’t most of the plants we have, including farm crops and any type of garden, would die off.
Studies shown that ⅓ of all food is there because of bees. Some of these plants that would disappear are, “watermelons, cantaloupes, plums, avocados, lettuce, onions, raspberries, pumpkins, and broccoli. Cotton too which your clothing and bed sheets are made from.” (Nature Science). The survival of bees are in need of a lot of help due to their increasingly dropping numbers. A massive number of bees are going missing in America alone.
These plants contribute to the food system by feeding animals, aside from humans such as birds and insects. If the food source for these animals was diminished or lost completely, it would cause the entire food chain to suffer. Also, about 80 percent of flower plants depend on pollination. If this process stops, not only do we have the potential to lose beautiful plants, but also food for us, birds, squirrels and all of the other animals that depend on plants for food. There is saying that “if the bees cease to exists, all life forms will be jeopardized” even humans, the realness of this saying is yet to be ascertained as there are still bees on earth and humans too.
Abstract: Drosophila Melanogaster are fruit flies. Previous research has shown that fruit flies are the most logical organism to use to study genetics. This is most likely because they reproduce and regenerate quickly and they are easy and relatively cheap to handle. In our experiment, we observed flies (F2) with unknown phenotypes that we had to discover. After discovering the phenotypes that we were looking for, we tried to figure out the parents (F2), which was the purpose of the experiment.
It may take a dramatic drop in wanted goods and popular foods to be scarce until people actually care about the honey bees. We depend on bees to pollinate our food-producing plants. Without bees transferring pollen from one flower to another to pollinate it, crops and plants will not become pollinated and bear fruit. Some of the fruits and vegetables that rely on pollination include watermelon, apples, pears, strawberries, almonds,
The leading hypothesis had previously been that the feeding the queen bees royal jelly, an extremely nutritious mucus like substance, while withholding royal jelly from the worker bees and feeding them a less nutritious mash of fermented pollen and honey was the environmental factor which caused the epigenetic changes. Some geneticist have referred to this practice as “nutritional castration,” meaning that worker bees are “castrated” or reproductively stunted, resulting in smaller ovaries and a smaller size, due to the worker bees being fed what was thought as a far less nutritious diet. Scientists hypothesized that royal jelly was the food that met all of the nutritional requirements of a bee, and therefore by feeding it to queens but not workers, the queens have all typical genes expressed, while the workers became reproductively and developmentally stunted by not having all their nutritional needs met and, therefore having several reproductive and growth related genes remain unexpressed.. However, new research indicates that this is not the
Imagine a world without bees. It might seem like it would be nice, a world without an annoying, stinging pesty insect. Because of industrial agriculture, we are on our way there now. The United States, and other countries, need to make a treaty to ban the use of neonicotinoid, a type of chemical used on plants, and insecticides because these chemicals are mentally and physically disabling bees; causing more and more bees to die; and without these bees, we won't have any food. Bees are an important, if not the MOST important part of creating food.
At this time, there is little to no evidence that these pesticides are increasing yields from plants they are applied to. However, there has been evidence of the pesticides killing bees or causing damage to their nervous systems, which impedes their ability to forage and fly. Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health preformed a study which found that 70% of pollen and honey collected from local bees contained at least trace amounts of neonicotinoids. Levels found from these samples were enough to cause detrimental health effects.
In this experiment, we observed the relationship between the number of domatia, the number of mites and the size of leaves of water oaks (Quercus nigra L.) and sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua). Domatia are small chambers often located on the lower surface of leaves that serve as homes for predaceous mites. In return, the mites protect the plant from herbivory and pathogen attack. This type of interaction between plants and mites is a form of mutualism, more specifically facultative mutualism. Mutualism is an interaction between individuals of different species in which both species benefit.
Due to spiders eating pests such as roaches and other insects, they have helped farmers maintain healthy crops within their farms. Not only do spiders help farmers, but it has been showed in a study how they can play a role in fighting the spread of the disease Malaria. Due to that spiders have played a beneficial role as being the predators within the food chain. On the other side, spiders are also the prey for other organisms. In either positions spiders do play a role in the ecosystem; their risk of endangerment also risks the stability of our ecosystem.