Biodiversity

Biodiversity is the variability among living organisms. It includes the diversity within and between species, and the diversity of ecosystems.

The diversity of ecosystems, species and crop varieties and the genetic diversity are invaluable for the next generations and deserve to be protected.

Biodiversity is important for all of us. Everyone appreciates the aesthetic value of a diverse landscape which provides habitats for a rich variety of animal and plant species. But biodiversity means much more than this. It brings us a multitude of practical benefits, with its contribution to ecosystem services. Take pollination by insects, for example. Worldwide, almost 90 percent of flowering plant species are, at least partly, reliant on the transfer of pollen by insects and other animals. These plants are an essential part of ecosystems, providing food, habitats and other resources for a wide range of other species.

Learn more about the "Bayer For Biodiversity" initiative.

BED & BREAKFAST FOR BEES: THE IMPORTANCE OF DIVERSITY

A lack of nutrition for honey bees and the loss of habitat for wild bees are key threats for these pollinators.

Today’s landscapes often lack the all-season foraging supply for honey bees and the specific foraging plants and habitats that wild bees need for nesting. Agricultural fields don’t offer pollinators suitable nesting structures, as the ground is typically too densely vegetated, too shady and too cold. In addition, as agricultural activities intensify, fragmentation of particular habitats has become an important disturbing factor for wild bee populations.

A lack of structural diversity in the landscape impacts the diversity of wild bee species.

Many wild bees forage specifically on certain plants and depend on particular habitat and nesting structures. Under our climatic conditions, landscapes ideally offer a diversity of structures to foster insect species biodiversity.

Diversity attracts diversity.

A diverse community of insects attracts other species along the ecological food chain. For example, birds will have more insects to eat.

The good news is that there are several landscape management practices that can support wild pollinators:

Bringing Bees Back to the Farm

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