Pollinating Flies (Diptera): A major contribution to plant diversity and agricultural production

  title={Pollinating Flies (Diptera): A major contribution to plant diversity and agricultural production},
  author={Axel Ssymank and Carol Ann Kearns and Thomas Pape and F. Christian. Thompson},
  pages={86 - 89}
Abstract Diptera are one of the three largest and most diverse animal groups in the world. As an often neglected but important group of pollinators, they play a significant role in agrobiodiversity and the biodiversity of plants everywhere. Flies are present in almost all habitats and biomes and for many medicinal, food and ornamental plants, pollinating flies guarantee or enhance seed and fruit production. They are important in the natural landscape, in agriculture and in greenhouses, and have… 

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    Biological reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
  • 2004
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