Status and Trends Program

Pollinators

Pollinators are crucial contributors to our environment and society by enhancing plant diversity in wild lands and providing food for humans in agricultural settings. Some three-fourths of all native plants in the world require pollination by an animal, most often an insect, and most often a native bee.

We are providing science to better understand the status of pollinator species define and address research priorities through

Our projects are coordinated through the Federal Pollinator Health Task Force and the Monarch Butterfly High Level Working Group as identified in the 2014 Presidential Memorandum on Pollinator Health.

Pollinators, most often honey bees, are responsible for one in every three bites of food you take, and increase our nation’s crop values each year by more than 15 billion dollars.

We will continue to develop our community of practice focused on

  • pollinator research,
  • habitat characteristics,
  • ecosystem services,
  • disease, and
  • pesticides.
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