Natural and within-farmland biodiversity enhances crop productivity.

  title={Natural and within-farmland biodiversity enhances crop productivity.},
  author={Lu{\'i}sa G Carvalheiro and R. Veldtman and Awraris Getachew Shenkute and Gebreamlak Bezabih Tesfay and C. Pirk and J. S. Donaldson and S. Nicolson},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  volume={14 3},
  • Luísa G Carvalheiro, R. Veldtman, +4 authors S. Nicolson
  • Published 2011
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Ecology letters
  • Ongoing expansion of large-scale agriculture critically threatens natural habitats and the pollination services they offer. Creating patches with high plant diversity within farmland is commonly suggested as a measure to benefit pollinators. However, farmers rarely adopt such practice, instead removing naturally occurring plants (weeds). By combining pollinator exclusion experiments with analysis of honeybee behaviour and flower-visitation webs, we found that the presence of weeds allowed… CONTINUE READING

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