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[Comment] Nature’s bounties: reliance on pollinators for health

Human demands and impacts on the Earth’s life-support systems are at an all-time high. With the sixth mass extinction,1 climate change,2 and other major anthropogenic disturbances underway, understanding the wide range of vital benefits that societies derive from nature has become a global priority. A key research frontier is in characterising and valuing these ecosystem services systematically to inform investments in conservation of service-providing species and their habitats. Worldwide, about 75% of leading crops have improved yield and quality thanks to pollination by animals,3 primarily bees followed by a plethora of wild insects, and in some cases birds and bats.

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