New article on ecosystem biology and pollinators published on the Brazil LAB + Nexo Public Policies platform

Sept. 1, 2022

The Brazil LAB has just published on its Nexo Public Policies platform the piece “Como se dá o declínio de polinizadores em ecossistemas”, a translation of “How the decline in pollinators ripples across entire ecosystems,” which originally appeared at the High Meadows Environmental Institute website.

The article highlights a study by Princeton researchers on “Competition for pollinators destabilizes plant coexistence,” published in Nature, and shows how the ongoing loss of pollinators such as honeybees and butterflies stacks the deck in favor of plants that are better at competing for pollinators — with a significant cost to plant biodiversity.

According to Jonathan Levine (one of the study’s author and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton), “this finding is alarming because it suggests that more than simply removing a mutualist, ongoing pollinator decline may unravel the very fabric that keeps plant diversity stable.”