Nice, all those flowering plants – but not a good sign

And there is spring! Flower bulbs, fruit blossoms, sun! But something strange happens. All the plants seem to bloom at the same time.

what is going on? Perhaps due to the extra boost from El Niño, global warming has temporarily accelerated after this long expected winter, and we are looking at future warming for a few years. The spring development of plants and their early flowering period are mainly determined by temperature. Thanks to their sensitive “internal calculator”, the plants ensure that they do not start flowering too early, which could cause the delicate flowers to freeze. In addition, fruit trees, for example, have greater pollination success if they flower one at a time.

However, now everything is blooming at the same time. Isn’t that nice or is this a problem? naturally. At our latitude, plants have a limited number of insect pollinators at their disposal in the cool spring. If these plants (usually trees) flower one at a time, they can take full advantage of the pollinators present.

What is the result of this flowering explosion? Pollination potential is not sufficient to ensure good pollination. This reduced pollination means that fruit growers run the risk of reduced or poor fruit set – and therefore less fruit – but also crooked apples due to incomplete pollination.

The sequence established by the plants was carefully disrupted during spring flowering, to make optimal use of available pollinators. This disruption to spring bloom is directly linked to the use of the fossil fuel, carbon dioxide2Emissions and associated warming.

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Winton Frazier

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