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Wild Pollinators Enhance Fruit Set of Crops Regardless of Honey Bee Abundance
Honeybees Can't Do It Alone The majority of food crops require pollination to set fruit with the honeybee providing a pollination workhorse, with both feral and managed populations an integralExpand
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A global quantitative synthesis of local and landscape effects on wild bee pollinators in agroecosystems.
Bees provide essential pollination services that are potentially affected both by local farm management and the surrounding landscape. To better understand these different factors, we modelled theExpand
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Long-Term Global Trends in Crop Yield and Production Reveal No Current Pollination Shortage but Increasing Pollinator Dependency
There is evidence that pollinators are declining as a result of local and global environmental degradation [1-4]. Because a sizable proportion of the human diet depends directly or indirectly onExpand
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Safeguarding pollinators and their values to human well-being
Wild and managed pollinators provide a wide range of benefits to society in terms of contributions to food security, farmer and beekeeper livelihoods, social and cultural values, as well as theExpand
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Stability of pollination services decreases with isolation from natural areas despite honey bee visits.
Sustainable agricultural landscapes by definition provide high magnitude and stability of ecosystem services, biodiversity and crop productivity. However, few studies have considered landscapeExpand
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How much does agriculture depend on pollinators? Lessons from long-term trends in crop production.
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Productivity of many crops benefits from the presence of pollinating insects, so a decline in pollinator abundance should compromise global agricultural production. Motivated byExpand
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Global growth and stability of agricultural yield decrease with pollinator dependence
Human welfare depends on the amount and stability of agricultural production, as determined by crop yield and cultivated area. Yield increases asymptotically with the resources provided by farmers’Expand
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Pervasive human-driven decline of life on Earth points to the need for transformative change
The time is now For decades, scientists have been raising calls for societal changes that will reduce our impacts on nature. Though much conservation has occurred, our natural environment continuesExpand
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Standard methods for pollination research with Apis mellifera
Summary In this chapter we present a synthesis of recommendations for conducting field experiments with honey bees in the context of agricultural pollination. We begin with an overview of methods forExpand
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Non-bee insects are important contributors to global crop pollination
Significance Many of the world’s crops are pollinated by insects, and bees are often assumed to be the most important pollinators. To our knowledge, our study is the first quantitative evaluation ofExpand
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