Tuesday, 1 February 2011

-- Press Releases January 2011 - From tequila to the 'tree of life', bats are nature's invaluable allies - United Nations Environment Programme #UNEP# --

Fruit Bats aka Flying Fox
Many of our most important foods come from bat-dependent plants. These include bananas, plantain, breadfruit, peaches, mangos, dates, figs, cashews and many more. In fact, in an average tropical food market, approximately 70 percent of the fruit sold comes from trees or shrubs that rely heavily on bats in the wild. Some such as the famous durian, still rely on bat pollinators even in commercial orchards. This king of Asian fruits sells for a billion dollars annually, but could be lost without healthy populations of its bat pollinators.