I really enjoyed the paper ‘How many flowering plants are pollinated by animals?’ by Ollerton et al. Quick and clean – not dirty. Fun to read, really important to conservation biologists and pollination ecologists, and importantly, provides a really useful set of statistics for managers and the literature in general. I like the way the paper was written as well with a direct and logical approach. Theory and a need was identified then the gap in the our knowledge was filled. Global declines in pollinators is a critical issue and this papers adds a missing piece of information, i.e. 78 to 94% of 308 006 plant species are animal-pollinated. Great! Also, I liked how enough complexity was included but was not overwhelming – importance of latitude.
The picture shows the endemic Canary Wallflower (Erysimum scoparium) on Tenerife with its main pollinator, a solitary bee (Anthophora alluadi).
Photo by Vikki Price.