Wild bumblebees are important contributors to the ecosystem. They provide pollination to a lot of the world’s flowers as well as foods, helping produce 87 of the leading food crops worldwide. If they were lost in nature, it would be devastating for plants.
Researchers, taxonomists, and students from The Field Museum and 88 other institutions around the world have provided new answers to two simple but long-standing questions about Amazonian diversity: How many trees are there in the Amazon, and how many tree species occur there?
To date, citizen science has focused on top-down science communication. But as the exemplar of astronomy highlights, amateur enthusiasts can make significant contributions. It’s time to capture this potential, to expand the scope and excellence of research, says Fermin Serrano
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