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Pollinators: Putting Food on the Table
 

Pollinators: Putting Food on the Table

Like to eat? Thank a pollinator. Most meals wouldn’t be possible without insects helping to connect pollen with flowers, the male and female reproductive parts of plants.

More than 90% of the plants on Earth reproduce through pollination. Explore how pollination ensures the genetic diversity of plants, along with the many animal species that work as pollinators.

The Nature Conservancy
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Busy as a Bee

Busy as a Bee

Can you create a garden that bees will love? Plant flowers and design and decorate your own garden — even upgrade with honey. More...

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SciGirls/PBS
Infographic: All About Hummingbirds

Infographic: All About Hummingbirds

Did you know a hummingbird may visit 1,000 flowers in a single day? Find more amazing facts about this diverse group of pollinators. More...

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NATURE/PBS
The Buzz About Pesticides

The Buzz About Pesticides

Attention: We have a pollinator problem. The global bee population is in trouble and pesticides are to blame. More...

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Nature
Creating a Pollinator Garden

Creating a Pollinator Garden

Use this guide to build a self-sustaining pollinator garden at home or at school. It could even be the great start of a science fair project. More...

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National Gardening Association
Inca Success in Peruvian Andes ‘Thanks to Llama Dung’

Inca Success in Peruvian Andes ‘Thanks to Llama Dung’

Used as fertilizer, droppings from llamas may have helped ancient maize farms thrive — fueling the rise of the Inca Empire. Find out how. More...

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BBC
Plant Reproduction: Methods of Pollination

Plant Reproduction: Methods of Pollination

Insects may be vital for pollination, but they're oblivious to their crucial role. Discover the complex relationship between plant reproduction, insects, and the environment. More...

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Britannica
Robotic Bees Take Flight

Robotic Bees Take Flight

Engineers are preparing for the worst. With bee populations in decline, they are designing what may be the future of plant pollination — robotic bees. More...

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TIME Magazine
The Private Life of Plants: Wasp Flowers

The Private Life of Plants: Wasp Flowers

Even flowers can be tricksters. See how these orchids, which look remarkably like female wasps, con male wasps into spreading pollen. More...

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BBC
Emerging Explorer: Dino Martins, Entomologist

Emerging Explorer: Dino Martins, Entomologist

Pollinating insects are the invisible workers that drive our planet. But now, we need to help them. Find out how Dino Martins is spreading the word to Kenya's isolated farmers. More...

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National Geographic
Gold Dusters

Gold Dusters

Meet Earth's pollinators, which come in more than 200,000 shapes and sizes. From the tiny midge to the lemur, you might be surprised by some of them. More...

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National Geographic
Louie Schwartzberg: The Hidden Beauty of Pollination

Louie Schwartzberg: The Hidden Beauty of Pollination

Using time-lapse and high-speed photography techniques, Louie Schwartzberg captures the beauty and intricacy of pollinators. See his work. More...

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TED
Mark Goodwin’s Avocado Research

Mark Goodwin’s Avocado Research

Avocados have a strange way of pollinating — their flowers change from female to male. While honey and bumble bees are part of the process, they're not doing a great job. Meet a researcher working on the problem. More...

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Science Learning Hub
The Birds and the Bees

The Birds and the Bees

While some flowering plants can reproduce on their own, most depend on pollination. Investigate how birds, bees, and other animals act as pollinators. More...

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U.S. Forest Service

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