‘Without [bees], we would have no apples, tomatoes, strawberries, peppers, cherries, chocolate, coffee, and much much more’ warned Dave Goulson, professor of biology at the University of Sussex: Getty
Scientists have discovered a new technique that bumble bees use to make plants flower earlier.
When faced with a shortage of pollen, bumble bees will damage plant leaves by eating them in order to make the plant flower earlier – sometimes as much as a month before it would flower naturally for tomato plants.
The researchers were not able to replicate the results by damaging plant leaves themselves, suggesting that there is a distinct characteristic to the bees’ biting that stimulates flowers. While the bees managed to make the plants flower 30 days earlier, scientists only managed to make