Flower inconsistency behaviour would be bad news for some wild plants and insect-pollinated crops
Flower inconsistency might lead to less or no pollination
Flower inconsistency behaviour like this would be bad news for some wild plants and insect-pollinated crops. These plants rely on the correct deposit of their own pollen on the female parts of another plant. Pollen from another plant might clog the pollen tube and lead to less or no pollination.
Major implications from a loss of biodiversity
With changing landscapes due to human influence, bumblebee species with a specialised and narrow diet might not find flowers to feed on. Both wild plants and certain pollinator species might become extremely rare or even disappear forever. This loss of biodiversity might eventually have major implications for future food security through its impact on insect-pollinated crops.
Understanding the consequences of a changing environment
Janna and her colleagues are currently analysing the field data and will soon understand more about the different bumblebee species and how they find their food. This knowledge will contribute to our understanding of what will happen to these insects and the flowers they pollinate as their surroundings are changing due to human influence.
Janna Einöder is supervised by Dr. Pita Verweij (Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development) and Johanna Yourstone and Ola Olsson (Lund University)