Going batty over coffee

Bats prefer coffee plantations over tea. And that’s not just about a batty preference for a beverage.  The new research findings from India’s Western Ghats, led by Claire Wordley from the University of Leeds and published in the journal Biological Conservation, are a crucial indicator for habitat preferences, which could help in bat conservation strategies.

But what are bats needed in the first place? Bats are the best pest controllers in nature, controlling a large number of insect pests on our agriculture and horticulture produce, while simultaneously working as efficient pollinators and seed dispersers in natural systems,” said bat enthusiast and researcher Rahul Prabhukhanolkar, from the Indian Bat Conservation and Research Unit (BCRU) in Dharwad. They are also important ‘forest planters’, pollinating several plants such as silk cotton, durian and the tequila agave, and dispersing seeds across long distances in forests.

Read my full report in The Wire.in

There’s a press release from the University of Leeds too


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: