Why Bees Are Important To Us?
The Importance of Bees to our Environment
Living in a modern environment without bees would mean a lot more than fewer stings and less breakfast choices. In a list of significant species we should be concerned about, bees are placed at the top. They provide the seriously large contribution of 70% of pollination for the crops that feed almost everybody in the world. Bees are the backbones for mass production of our crops.
Bee population has been declining for a long time now and is linked to two main causes; pesticides and parasites. If they were to go extinct, we may lose all the plants they pollinate in our environment and all animals that rely on those plants will also be driven to low population, which will of course affect us humans. It means a world without bees may lose a large portion of her population. We humans will struggle to get fruit and vegetables which are a critical part of our diet.
Here are some important factors of having bees in our environment:
As we stated earlier, bees are essential agent for mass pollination. For those who love melons, asparagus, apples and many other fruits and vegetables should give high praises to our little black and yellow friends. For these plants to germinate, they need transportation of pollen from the anther to the stigma (anther = male part, stigma = female part). This transfer is carried out by the bees while they move from one flower to the other searching for nectar. During that process, bees will drop the grains of pollen on the sticky surface which will allow the plant to germinate and produce food. This is the process of pollination.
Wild plant germination
Not only fruits and vegetables need the assistance of our bees for pollination. Bees are the backbones for production of several seeds, nuts, fruits and also berries which is the vital source of food for wild animals.
Source of food
Honey is produced by the bees in order to feed their hive in the periods of cold winter, while many species are rely on it for nutrition and as a delicious treat. Varying from birds, insects, opossums to raccoons and more also thoroughly enjoy the taste of honey.
Bees are known for their extravagant reactions, but they also make the environment home for other types of insects and animals. Their role as the agents of pollination is important in the development of the tropical forests,temperate forests, and the savannah woodland. Some trees such as the poplars and willows cannot grow without the help of the bees. If the bees should disappear from our environment, the animals that feed off these pollinated plants will also suffer hugely.
As the agents of pollination, bees play vital roles in every aspect of the ecosystem. They help the germination of flowers, trees, and some other plants that provide shelter and food to humans, animals, and other creatures. Bees have contributed to the existence and multiplication in numbers of different species.
The bees have also played vital roles in the supply of foods in the environment. If the bees are forced to extinction in this modern environment, our plates will be empty and even our garden would have vanished.
Next we will be writing about ways people can help to sustain and increase the population of bees and later on we will discuss whether or not it’s humane to eat honey!
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