To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face, and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated May 20th as World Bee Day. The goal is to strengthen measures aimed at protecting bees and other pollinators, which would significantly contribute to solving problems related to the global food supply and eliminate hunger in developing countries. We all depend on pollinators and it is, therefore, crucial to monitor their decline and halt the loss of biodiversity.
“Nothing is to be feared, only understood.” -Marie Curie
Dr. Laura Russo recently published a manuscript showing bee preference for an invasive thistle may be associated with higher protein content in the pollen. The paper can be found here.