Declining honey bee population poses a threat to agriculture

By TheHindu on 19 Mar 2017 | read

In line with the National Honeybee Day celebrations that goes on till August 29, the Department of Life Sciences (UG) and Eco Club of L. Bullaya College and Women’s wing of Green Climate came together to create awareness on the present declining trend of honey bees.

Emphasising the need to restore pollinator-friendly habitats, the event included a photo exhibition and screening of the documentary film ‘Home’, supported by Environmental Film Society and Vizag Film Society, on Wednesday. The correlation between the ecosystem and bee colonies was explained to nearly 500 students who turned up to watch the film. The waning trend of the honeybee population poses a threat to agriculture, leading to imbalance in ecological system across the globe.

Dean of the college K.V.L. Purushottam, professor in Environmental Sciences, L. Bullaya College Kiran Kumari, and professor in Zoology Surekha graced the event. Club members along with the team of Green Climate including J. Rajeswari and U.Lakshmi and a bunch of other volunteers supported the programme.

Plantation of flowering plants, cutting down the use of chemicals in agriculture and promoting organic farming were some of the measures suggested by the experts to save honey bees from extinction.