Regulatory News


For a long time, it was believed that the Brazil nut tree - one of the lushest trees in the Amazon - depended on only one type of bee to pollinate its flowers. Recent research has found there are more than 25 bee species that do this work. What's more, the insects are able to fly to the top of the Brazil nut trees that are in pastures, isolated from the rest of the forest.

"This discovery is important because we now know that if the population of one species is threatened, others may take on the role of pollinator of the nut trees," says Márcia Maués, coordinator of the study and researcher at EMBRAPA Western Amazon. With up to 50 meters in height, the tree is known as 'queen of the Amazon'. About 200,000 people from traditional communities live off the harvesting of these nut trees.

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