Sunday, October 21, 2012

Decline in Butterflies due to Agriculture and Climate Changes

Michiel Wallis de Vries has said during his inaugural lecture as Professor of Ecology at Wageningen University that butterflies in the Netherlands are in decline. He said that 17 types of butterflies no longer exist in the Netherlands, and also that the numbers of the surviving types are declining. He explained that this is caused by the rise of intensive agriculture, fertilization with nitrogen derivatives and the changes in climate.

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