This post is the latest in the series Uncover Diverse Colombia by Colombia Photo Expeditions, in which Kike Calvo profiles interesting information, research and thoughts on Colombia for journalism, ecotourism, science, exploration and photography.
As Scaven and Rafferty 2013 described, there is relatively very little research on the physiology of many crucial pollinators influenced by warming temperatures. On their new book (*) Tree Pollination Under Global Climate Change , authors Climate change has been known to impact plant pollination by changing flowering phenology and by distressing the activity of pollinators.
Mismatches could impact plants by impairing decreased insect visitation that means less pollen deposition, whereas pollinators could face reduced food availability. However, in some circumstances, pollinator–plant synchrony does not cause mismatches, due to generalist pollinator species keeping pace with changes in forage-plant flowering by switching between host plants . Animal biology and ecology associated with pollination i.e. population, reproductive aspects, and activity – flight, etc., are essential for understanding the impacts manifested by climate change. This is evident in many tropical regions worldwide, where, animal pollinators comprise much more species and interactions, when compared to temperate conditions
(*) Ramírez F., Kallarackal J. (2018) Plant-Insect Phenology and Pollination. In: Animal biology and ecology associated with pollination i.e. population, reproductive aspects, and activity – flight, etc., are essential for understanding the impacts manifested by climate change.. SpringerBriefs in Agriculture. Springer, Cham
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