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Nocturnal pollination hit by "light pollution" at night

Aug 10, 2017, 7:13 AM EDT
(Source: Ferran Pestaña/flickr)
(Source: Ferran Pestaña/flickr)

A team of scientists in Switzerland has discovered that the levels of nocturnal pollination in plants slump in illuminated areas, as “light pollution” attracts insects keeping them from moving pollens.

In an experiment, the scientists recorded a drop of 62 percent in nocturnal visits to plants in artificially illuminated communities compared to those in unlit areas, writes Research Gate. The impact of the phenomenon manifested as a significant fall in fruit production in these plants.

The study by Eva Knop, an ecologist at the University of Bern in Switzerland, underlines the reverberation of human footprints throughout an ecosystem, notes Scientific American.          

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