We have heard the word pollen along with sneezing as its reflex. Allergy and pollen are very interrelated in our daily life. Many of us might have pollen allergies. But sidewise it plays the greatest role in the continuation of plant life.
• Pollinators make up a significant portion of the total diversity of species on this planet. In fact, between 200,000 – 300,000 invertebrate species—such as butterflies, beetles, moths, flies, mosquitoes, and bees—are estimated to serve globally as pollinators as well as around 2,000 vertebrates species, including birds, mammals, and reptiles.
• A majority of plants, more than 70 percent of species, depend on insects, birds, bats, and other animals to transport the pollen.
• Bumblebees have long been recognized as important pollinators of crops and native plants. In recent years, they have been reared commercially and used to pollinate greenhouse crops, particularly tomatoes and eggplant.
• Worldwide, at least thirty percent of 1500 crop plant species depend on pollination by bees and other insects.
• About 1 out of every 3 bites of food exists because of our precious pollinators.
• The white ruffed lemur is the world’s largest pollinator.
• The tiny chocolate midge is the ONLY pollinator who serves the cacao plant.