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In this age of celebrity, I wanted to shine the spotlight on the humble bee, and the important role they play in every aspect of the ecosystem. Bees contribute to at least 30 per cent of the world’s crops and 90 per cent of all plants require cross-pollination. A sharp decline in the world’s bee population prompted scientists to discover that the causes were due to poisoning, land clearing, climate change and disease.

Like the bee, the impact of scientific research is not given the recognition it deserves. It’s often the quiet achievers that have the most important supporting role.

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by Vanessa Lee