What is Pollination ?
- The goal of every living organism including plants, is to create offspring for the next generation.
- Pollination is the act of transferring pollen grains from the male flower to the female stigma.
- Seeds can only be produced when pollen is transferred between flowers of the same species.
- Plants can produce offspring by making seeds.
How does pollination happen?
- Flowers must rely on animals or insects to move pollen.
- Transferring pollen from plant to another plant is called pollination.
- The animals that do the pollination are called pollinators.
- Animals like butterflies, birds, wasps and even flies are important.
Is pollination important?
- With out pollinators the worlds flowers, fruits, even coffee and chocolate would not exist.
- worldwide, over half the fats and oils the everyone uses comes from crops pollinated by animals.
- Its estimated that more than 1, 300 types of plants that are growing around the world are for food, beverages , medicines, spices and even fabric.
- More then 1 of every 3 bites of food and beverages we drink are available because of pollination.
What we can do to preserve pollination
- Grow a variety of bee-friendly flowers that bloom from spring through fall.
- Protect and provide bee nests and caterpillar host plants.
- Avoid using pesticides, especially insecticides.
- The most important thing is getting the word out and letting neighbors know what they can do to help.