How can an understanding of plant–pollinator interactions contribute to global food security?

Emily Bailes, Jeff Ollerton, Jonathan G Pattrick, Beverley J Glover

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Pollination of crops by animals is an essential part of global food production, but evidence suggests that wild pollinator populations may be declining while a number of problems are besetting managed honey bee colonies. Animal-pollinated crops grown today, bred in an environment where pollination was less likely to limit fruit set, are often suboptimal in attracting and sustaining their pollinator populations. Research into plant–pollinator interactions is often conducted in a curiosity-driven, ecological framework, but may inform breeding and biotechnological approaches to enhance pollinator attraction and crop yield. In this article we review key topics in current plant–pollinator research that have potential roles in future crop breeding for enhanced global food security.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-79
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Opinion in Plant Biology
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015

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