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Tropical Crops at Risk: Pollinator Loss & Climate Change



  Apr 17, 2024

Tropical Crops at Risk: Pollinator Loss & Climate Change



Q: What are tropical crops?

A: These are crops that grow best in warm, sunny climates near the equator. Think things like bananas, coffee, mangoes, pineapples, etc.

Q: What are pollinators and why do crops need them?

A: Pollinators are mostly insects like bees and butterflies. They help plants make fruits and seeds by carrying pollen (like plant dust) between flowers. Without pollinators, we wouldn't have many of the foods we enjoy!

Q: What does "pollinator loss" mean? 

A: It means there are fewer pollinators around to help plants reproduce. This is a big problem because it means fewer fruits and vegetables will grow.

Q: What's causing pollinator loss according to the title?

A: Two main things:

Climate change: Changing weather messes up where pollinators live and when they're active.
Land-use changes: This means when we cut down forests or change natural areas into farms, pollinators lose their homes and food sources.

Q: Why is this especially bad for tropical crops?

A: Tropical areas are often hotspots for pollinator diversity, meaning lots of different types live there. These crops rely heavily on different pollinators for success, so if those populations decline, the crops suffer.



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