A new online database aimed at safeguarding biodiversity and helping pollinators provides useful information on which plants to place in gardens depending on the context, climate and species of pollinating insect you intend to attract to green spaces
Is called Database of Pollinator Interactions (DoPI) and is an innovative web portal where you can search for the most ideal type of plant to be placed on balconies, terraces and gardens to attract which type of pollinator insect. All for free and within a few clicks.
The project, developed by researchers from the University of Sussex with the support of the British Beekeepers Association and the Eva Crane Trust, intends to provide anyone with a valid tool to learn more about the world of pollinating insects and the plants on which to bet to protect them. most precious living beings.
In fact, the DoPI database contains almost 2000 species of pollinating insects, over 1000 botanical varieties and more than 320,000 interactions. Whether for basic ecological surveys or for passion, there are five categories available to the user – including pollinators, plants, habitat type, place and date – to be consulted and from which information is easily found.
Although we have known for a long time how much pollinating insects are extremely exposed to threats of various kinds, first of all climate change and the excessive use of pesticides, little is known about the interactions between these and plants.
This database summarizes a wealth of information on plant-pollinator interactions that were previously buried in the scientific literature. This unique resource can be used to answer fundamental ecological questions about pollination interactions, as well as applied questions in conservation practice, said Nicholas Balfour, a researcher at the University of Sussex’s School of Life Sciences.
Being ever closer to an insect apocalypse in every corner of the Earth, through this database we could take the first of a long series of steps to protect our pollinators in a targeted manner, investing in the plants they prefer and with which they have the most interactions. .
Recently launched and featured in the scientific journal Ecologythe Database of Pollinator Interactions it will be constantly updated with other new information
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