Colony growth of the bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, in improved and conventional agricultural and suburban habitats

@article{Goulson2017ColonyGO,
  title={Colony growth of the bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, in improved and conventional agricultural and suburban habitats},
  author={D. Goulson and W. Hughes and L. Derwent and J. Stout},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2017},
  volume={130},
  pages={267-273}
}
Many bumblebee species are declining at a rapid rate in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. This is commonly attributed to the decline in floral resources that has resulted from an intensification in farming practices. Here we assess growth of nests of the bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, in habitats providing different levels of floral resources. Experimental nests were placed out in conventional farmland, in farmland with flower-rich conservation measures and in suburban areas. Nests gained weight… Expand

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