Mass-flowering crops enhance wild bee abundance

  title={Mass-flowering crops enhance wild bee abundance},
  author={Andrea Holzschuh and Carsten F. Dormann and Teja Tscharntke and Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter},
Although agricultural habitats can provide enormous amounts of food resources for pollinator species, links between agricultural and (semi-)natural habitats through dispersal and foraging movements have hardly been studied. In 67 study sites, we assessed the interactions between mass-flowering oilseed rape fields and semi-natural grasslands at different spatial scales, and their effects on the number of brood cells of a solitary cavity-nesting bee. The probability that the bee Osmia bicornis… CONTINUE READING
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