What is Pollination?


A bee pollinating a white flower

Augochlorella sp. sweat bee on Yarrow. Image credit: Heather Broccard-Bell

Author: Heather Broccard-Bell, Ph.D., Honey Bee Health Researcher. 


WHAT IS POLLINATION?
 

Happy Pollinator Week, everyone! 

At NOD, we typically focus on one specific pollinator: the Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera). Last year, I wrote about how the amazing communication system of the honey bee makes this species a super pollinator. 

This year, I want to cover a topic that seems to be curiously absent from most discussions about pollinators: what is pollination?  

Most people know that pollination is important for food production, but a healthy number would struggle if pressed to explain exactly how or why that’s the case. So, let’s start at the beginning. 

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