Conserving honey bees does not help wildlife

  title={Conserving honey bees does not help wildlife},
  author={Jonas Geldmann and Juan P. Gonz{\'a}lez‐Varo},
  pages={392 - 393}
High densities of managed honey bees can harm populations of wild pollinators There is widespread concern about the global decline in pollinators and the associated loss of pollination services. This concern is understandable given the importance of pollinators for global food security; ∼75% of all globally important crops depend to some degree on pollination, and the additional yield due to pollination adds ∼9% to the global crop production (1). These services are delivered by a plethora of… 

How protection of honey bees can help and hinder bee conservation.

The Conservation of Native Honey Bees Is Crucial.

Impact of Biotic and Abiotic Stressors on Managed and Feral Bees

The global distribution of honey bee colonies and bumble bee colonies from crop to crop for pollination events has been linked with increased pathogen stress and increased competition with native bee species for limited resources.

Non-native honey bees disproportionately dominate the most abundant floral resources in a biodiversity hotspot

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Protection of honeybees and other pollinators: one global study

Most threats, such as habitat loss and pesticides, are shared by all pollinators, and conservation measures to decrease these threats would be efficient, provided that competition among species is avoided.

Support for Solitary Bee Conservation Among the Public Versus Beekeepers

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Response of wild bee communities to beekeeping, urbanization, and flower availability

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Wild Bee Pollen Diets Reveal Patterns of Seasonal Foraging Resources for Honey Bees

The results suggest that Michigan has relatively few native flowering resources during the height of the summer, and that many of those which flower during this time are used primarily by specialised solitary bee species rather than the social bee community, including honey bees.

Plant evolution can mediate negative effects from honey bees on wild pollinators

Results show plant evolution can promote displacement of wild pollinators by managed honey bees, while limited plant evolution may lead to pollinator coexistence, which may depend on the capacity of plant populations to evolve.



Experimental evidence that honeybees depress wild insect densities in a flowering crop

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Do managed bees have negative effects on wild bees?: A systematic review of the literature

It is found that results varied depending on whether managed bees were in their native or non-native range; managed bees within their native range had lesser competitive effects, but potentially greater effects on wild bees via pathogen transmission.

Wild Pollinators Enhance Fruit Set of Crops Regardless of Honey Bee Abundance

Overall, wild insects pollinated crops more effectively; an increase in wild insect visitation enhanced fruit set by twice as much as an equivalent increase in honey bee visitation.

Honeybee spillover reshuffles pollinator diets and affects plant reproductive success

The simultaneous impact that honeybee spillover has on wild plant and animal communities in flower-rich woodlands via changes in plant–pollinator network structure that translate into a direct negative effect on the reproductive success of a dominant wild plant is shown.

Gauging the Effect of Honey Bee Pollen Collection on Native Bee Communities

A rapid assessment metric to gauge stocking of honey bees is introduced, and alternative strategies to provide quality pasture for honey bees with minimal impact on native bees are briefly highlighted.

Disease associations between honeybees and bumblebees as a threat to wild pollinators

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Impacto de la introducción de la abeja doméstica (Apis mellifera, Apidae) en el Parque Nacional del Teide (Tenerife, Islas Canarias)

The results indicate that both the structure and functionality of the pollination network were negatively, and significantly affected under the massive presence of A. mellifera, and the complete suppression of introduced beehives in Teide National Park is recommended in order to protect its endemic flora and fauna.