Evaluating insect pollinator habitat preference in an intensive grassland landscape
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Insect pollinators, across a range of taxa, have declined globally primarily as a consequence of a loss in floral resources due to agricultural intensification (Vanbergen et al. 2013). With insect pollinators enhancing yields in approximately 75% of crops worldwide, pollinator declines poses a genuine threat to global food security (Klein et al. 2007). In intensively managed agricultural landscapes natural or semi-natural components provide important nesting and foraging sites for wild pollinators and proximity to such habitats increases pollinator species richness, crop visitation rates and thus pollination success (Garibaldi et al. 2011). A greater understanding of how pollinators utilise different habitat components within intensive agricultural systems is required if we are to reverse pollinator declines.
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Pollinators in Agriculture, Brussels, Belgium
The Association of Applied Biologists