With a global decline in pollinators, many plant species will either have to adapt or face extinction.
The issue is of particular importance due to the potential for food shortages if certain types of crops are unable to be pollinated. Some flowering plants could adapt by either evolving a strategy to self-pollinate or to forge tighter bonds with the pollinators that do remain while others that fail on both counts could end up disappearing entirely.
"For (some) plant populations adaptation to pollinator decline could not be possible at all because of the lack of genetic variance," said researcher Pierre-Olivier Cheptou. "We don't know what proportion of flowering plants could indeed adapt to the loss of pollinators."
"The global decline in pollinators - both wild and domesticated - has scientists wondering if plants will adapt or die -- and the fate of a lot of our food hangs in the balance."
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