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Delivery of crop pollination services is an insufficient argument for wild pollinator conservation

Kleijn, David and Bommarco, Riccardo and Potts, S. G. and et, al. (2015). Delivery of crop pollination services is an insufficient argument for wild pollinator conservation. Nature communications. 6, 1-8
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Abstract

There is compelling evidence that more diverse ecosystems deliver greater benefits to people, and these ecosystem services have become a key argument for biodiversity conservation. However, it is unclear how much biodiversity is needed to deliver ecosystem services in a cost- effective way. Here we show that, while the contribution of wild bees to crop production is significant, service delivery is restricted to a limited subset of all known bee species. Across crops, years and biogeographical regions, crop-visiting wild bee communities are dominated by a small number of common species, and threatened species are rarely observed on crops. Dominant crop pollinators persist under agricultural expansion and many are easily enhanced by simple conservation measures, suggesting that cost- effective management strategies to promote crop pollination should target a different set of species than management strategies to promote threatened bees. Conserving the biological diversity of bees therefore requires more than just ecosystem-service-based arguments.

Authors/Creators:Kleijn, David and Bommarco, Riccardo and Potts, S. G. and et, al.
Title:Delivery of crop pollination services is an insufficient argument for wild pollinator conservation
Series/Journal:Nature communications (BIB12050572)
Year of publishing :2015
Volume:6
Page range:1-8
Number of Pages:8
Publisher:Macmillan Publishers Limited
ISSN:2041-1723
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Ecology
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Environmental Sciences (social aspects to be 507)
Keywords:biodiversity, conservation, pollinators
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3248
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3248
Additional ID:
Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000357176100001
DOI10.1038/ncomms8414
ID Code:13100
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:25 Feb 2016 10:00
Metadata Last Modified:06 Mar 2016 14:47

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