Social Sciences

Urban pollen nation: non-native bees take over urban centres

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Not all bees make good city slickers, US researchers say.

City living appears to suit non-native bees, but it’s at the expense of native bees, with bee diversity declining as areas become more urban.

The researchers warn increasing urbanisation globally could lead to a handful of cosmopolitan bee species dominating, reducing the bee-nefits we gain from having diverse pollinators.

Source: University of Michigan, USA