Estimating the Density of Honeybee Colonies across Their Natural Range to Fill the Gap in Pollinator Decline Censuses

  title={Estimating the Density of Honeybee Colonies across Their Natural Range to Fill the Gap in Pollinator Decline Censuses},
  author={Rodolfo Jaff{\'e} and Vincent Dietemann and Michael H. Allsopp and Cec{\'i}lia Patr{\'i}cia Alves Costa and Robin M. Crewe and Raffaele Dall’Olio and Pilar De la R{\'u}a and Mogbel A A El-Niweiri and Ingemar Fries and Nikola Kezic and Michael S. Meusel and Robert J. Paxton and T. Shaibi and Eckart Stolle and Robin F. A. Moritz},
  journal={Conservation Biology},
Abstract:  Although pollinator declines are a global biodiversity threat, the demography of the western honeybee (Apis mellifera) has not been considered by conservationists because it is biased by the activity of beekeepers. To fill this gap in pollinator decline censuses and to provide a broad picture of the current status of honeybees across their natural range, we used microsatellite genetic markers to estimate colony densities and genetic diversity at different locations in Europe, Africa… 

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