Monday, April 7, 2014

Fact of the Day: Bee Substitute

While bees are well-known for their ability to pollinate plants, it is possible for humans to do so in a process called mechanical pollination. Though it is much easier and simpler to let the bees do so as it takes quite the time and effort for an individual person. In China, some pear trees are not pollinated by bees as they had been wiped out by pesticides in the 1980s.  

20 comments:

Selvaggia Capizzi said...

really? I prefer bees!

Pilar Domínguez said...

I hadn´t heard about mechanical pollinitation in my life :O. It sounds interesting not depending on bees ( they are very dangerous). Kisses :)

Bob Bushell said...

The chinese are stupid enough to make pollinitation possiible, next there will be the Panda.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

This is the first time I hear about mechanical pollination. It's something we may need to do with the decline in bees.

Christine said...

Poor bees.

DEZMOND said...

that gives us some kind of hope

Margaret D said...

I didn't know that about the bees all being gone in China.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

As I mentioned in one of my blog posts, vanilla in French Polynesia is pollinated by hand with a Q-tip. Very labour intensive.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I much prefer the bees every time.

Pat Hatt said...

Bees get my vote, humans will just screw it up

A Beer for the Shower said...

Bees get such a bad rap. My friend actually keeps bees in his backyard in an enclosure he built. They've never once stung either of us, and they provide him with more fresh honey than he could ever need. It's actually pretty cool interacting with them (using smoke and wearing proper facial protection).

CraveCute said...

I've seen video of this being done. Can you imagine if that had to be done on all the crops in North America?? The prices would sky rocket and we would barely be able to afford the food that we now take for granted. Love the bees, they are incredible!

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stephen Hayes said...

Without bees life would change drastically on this planet.

Unknown said...

Didn't know this :( but thanks for sharing!

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FilipBlog said...

Great macro shot, love the bee as long as it doesn't come near me.

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Joy said...

What an awesome picture. Yes, God design them tobdo the job. It is a pity that we human can sometimes annihilate them:(

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Holy Ghost Writer said...

Bees are needed

Theresa Mahoney said...

bees are so good for our planet. so sad they are dying off!