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Fires ‘will take heavy toll’ on Australia’s pollinating insects

Image: Louise Docker [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Academic calls for plans to recover insect species and expand protected habitat

Australia’s devastating bushfires will have a major impact on insect species and the plants and animals that depend on them, a leading entomologist has said.

Michael Braby, a taxonomist and ecologist at the Australian National University in Canberra, says the severity and extent of the fires means there can be few, if any, refuges for insect survival.

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