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Pollination, Plants, and the Art of Survival

Pollination, Plants, and the Art of Survival

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Friday, April 27, 2018/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, video, sustainability, art and design, environment

                       Pollinating Honeybee (credit: Sustainability Confernece PennStateUniv)

Bees, bats, birds, and butterflies are all pollinators. Various animals and other insects also serve this function. Many have co-evolved elegant physiological and behavorial approaches to accomplish the task: providing food for the pollinator while the plant is assisted in its reproductive cycle. As humans, we benefit from their services since that nearly 40% of all the plants we eat require pollinators to produce fruit or seed.

Sustaining the pollination cycle between plant and pollinator is vital to maintaining life on Earth. The photographer and filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg used high-definition, time-lapse, photography and video to capture this 'dance of life'. He was inspired to create a documentery film, Wings of Life, when he learned of the severe environmental threats to one of our primary pollinators, the honeybee. Schwartzberg also gave a talk describing this work and passion for plants and pollinators. He could also be helping others to develop an appreciation for plants as well and reduced the incidence of "plant blindness".



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