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Study Suggests Artificial Light Deters Nocturnal Pollinators

Enlarge this image A street light illuminating a rural footpath. Andy Feltham / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm hide caption toggle caption Andy Feltham / EyeEm/Getty Images/EyeEm Think of plant pollination and you probably think of bees, summer flowers and bright sunshine. But nocturnal insects such as beetles and flies also play a key role in the process. A new study sheds light on a previously unknown problem for these lesser-known pollinators, namely artificial lighting. Scientists working in Switzerland carried out an experiment in which they placed mobile street lamps over plots of…

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