The Bee All and End All

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The world owes a debt of gratitude to this hard working but under appreciated insect. One third of the food we eat would not be available but for bees, meaning our lives could potentially be unimaginably different without them. Bee populations are dropping around the world, by up to 80 percent in some countries, and the consequences are potentially catastrophic. The situation has become so dire that in parts of China bees have already started to vanish, leading to a government scheme in which humans had to pollinate by hand. Researchers in America have been so worried about a world without bees that they have started to develop Robotic bees to emulate their work. The use of Neonics pesticides in farming has been one of the main causes to the decline in bee numbers and now the farming world is having to take drastic action to try and reverse the trend.

Dr George McGavin hears from scientists and researchers in Africa, South America, Europe and Asia about the extraordinary lives and impact of bees, hearing the amazing ways in which they communicate and learn, and how complex and diverse the different bee species are. George aims to discover what’s causing the drop in population and looks at the alternatives that might save them.

Plus, the story of the Croatian bomb detecting bees and how bees compose their own music
Period3 Apr 2017
Degree of RecognitionInternational