Pollination is required by the bees and a pesticide that is less harmful to bees, but is also effective at protecting other fruit and vegetable, needs to be created. Secondly, there needs to be a reduction in the human activities that cause stress to honey bees. One way to solve the stress of human activities is to create bee habitats that are located in isolated areas from human activity. These should still be privately- owned and operated, but function so that the bees are removed from harmful activities. Finally, the third cause for the Bee Colony Collapse Disorder is the small beetle that is invading the bee colonies and killing the bees.
Through concise analysis of research papers and other experiments conducted elsewhere, the final conclusion of this lab was supported. All in all, the inquiry experiment allowed the accomplishment of the goal of identifying one of the main reasons why fruit flies eat rotten fruit. Introduction: Drosophila (a model research organism) melanogaster (black abdomen) is the common fruitfly. The lab required the usage of fruit flies as they are a commonly used organism in many experiments. The portion before the inquiry lab utilized the usage of different foods to determine exactly which food the flies would experience more of an attraction towards.
Bees are vital to ecosystem function as the dominant pollinators of flowering plants in both natural and agricultural ecosystems. Many plants depend upon bees to spread pollen by collecting the grains of pollen in their hair or on their legs, then landing on another plant and spreading it to the new plant. Yellow, blue and purple flowers are very good at attracting bees. In some areas where there are many different flowering plants blooming at the same time, bees will pollinate an exclusive species in order to avoid conflict with bees from other species. There are more than 4,000 species of “native bees” in the United States.
This is an important issue in ecology because bees are crucial to many ecosystems as pollinators. (Gifford, 2011) According to Dr. Ann Bartuska, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics, about $15 billion of crops can be attributed to honey bees’ pollination every year. Bees account for the pollination of so many fruits and vegetables humans eat and can easily obtain every year. With this disorder looming over bee colonies around the world, things that we eat everyday will become hard to obtain.
The use of pesticides and the destruction of their natural habitats are killing bees, despite these being fairly solvable issues. Awareness of this issue has been getting larger, but so has the threat of the bee’s extinction. Many still have no idea how people can help their declining population. Saving the bees is an important and urgent cause because of the nutritional, economical, and medicinal benefits they provide us with and the increasing threat of their demise. Although it is unknown to many, bees are the workers behind the making of a lot of food and money.
Pesticides, which kill certain plants, animals, and fungi, cause another reason for the bees deaths. Even though the pesticides do not mean to kill the bees, just a small dose can cause the bee to become immobilized. The last reason is from the sugar syrup that beekeepers use to save money. This syrup gives the bees as much energy as real honey but it causes a short life span. All of these reasons and much more cause bees to lose their lives and most of them get caused by
There is a movement happening now that is trying to stop the usage of neonicotinoids and hopefully save the honeybees before it is too late. I think that this can be connected to biology because it is the study of living organisms which would be the honeybees and also chemistry because it is the science of the structure and properties of substances and that relates to the chemical makeup of the neonicotinoid
There are a lot of different types of bees each with jobs they’re good at and they all work to help disperse the pollen to the plants and foods. Continuing with food; without bees some foods wouldn’t even be able to mass produce or even be available. Like; cucumber, pumpkins, broccoli, apples, blueberries, cherries, watermelons, and etc…
In recent years a relatively new family of pesticides called neonicotinoids has drawn particular fire; while studies of the chemicals have had a confusing mix of results, it seems clear that at certain doses, and in combination with other, standard plant treatments, neonicotinoids can be harmful or even deadly to bees.” (7) Pesticides and the Honey Bees have had a very long history beginning when they first started using them on crops to keep the bugs off. Global Research states: “...a type of insecticide called neonicotinoids, is known to cause acute and chronic poisoning not just of one bee, but the entire colony. Bees take the contaminated nectar and pollen spread through the plant’s DNA back to the hive, creating a highly toxic living environment for all the bees. Toxicity builds up destroying the Central Nervous System, causing further disorientation and bees ultimately can neither fly nor make it back to the nest.” (8) One of the most common chemically treated plants is corn, which also carries pollen. While honey bees do not directly pollinate the corn, the pollen can find its way onto a beautiful flower
Bees do not go far, so they pollinate local areas rather than an extended amount of land. Patricia E. Salkin says, “Small-scale beekeeping has proven to be especially popular among people looking to obtain more of their food from local resources.” Not only does it help the people and the wildlife in their surrounding area, it supports producers who raise and sell their crops there. Patricia E. Salkin states, “Urban bees provide important pollination services to community gardens, home vegetable gardens, and fruit trees.” Not only will it help neighbors’ goods and plants, but it will help others’ gardens and plants as well. Bees can provide a steady ecosystem that benefits both them and the peoples’ gardens and plants surrounding the bees’ pollination area. Maintaining bee gardens can also be a hassle and bees might become aggressive and harm people.