Natural and within-farmland biodiversity enhances crop productivity.

@article{Carvalheiro2011NaturalAW,
  title={Natural and within-farmland biodiversity enhances crop productivity.},
  author={Lu{\'i}sa G Carvalheiro and Ruan Veldtman and Awraris Getachew Shenkute and Gebreamlak Bezabih Tesfay and Christian W W Pirk and John Sydney Donaldson and Susan Wendy Nicolson},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  year={2011},
  volume={14 3},
  pages={251-9}
}
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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