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Wild insect diversity increases inter-annual stability in global crop pollinator communities

Senapathi, Deepa and Fruend, Jochen and Albrecht, Matthias and Garratt, Michael P. D. and Kleijn, David and Pickles, Brian J. and Potts, Simon G. and An, Jiandong and Andersson, Georg K. S. and Baensch, Svenja and Basu, Parthiba and Benjamin, Faye and Bezerra, Antonio Diego M. and Bhattacharya, Ritam and Biesmeijer, Jacobus C. and Blaauw, Brett and Blitzer, Eleanor J. and Brittain, Claire A. and Carvalheiro, Luisa G. and Cariveau, Daniel P. and Chakraborty, Pushan and Chatterjee, Arnob and Cusser, Sarah and Danforth, Bryan N. and Degani, Erika and Freitas, Breno M. and Garibaldi, Lucas A. and Geslin, Benoit and de Groot, G. Arjen and Harrison, Tina and Howlett, Brad and Isaacs, Rufus and Jha, Shalene and Klatt, Bjorn Kristian and Krewenka, Kristin and Leigh, Samuel and Lindström, Sandra and Mandelik, Yael and McKerchar, Megan and Park, Mia and Pisanty, Gideon and Rader, Romina. and Reemer, Menno and Rundlof, Maj and Smith, Barbara and Silva, Patricia Nunes and Steffan-Dewenter, Ingolf and Tscharntke, Teja and Webber, Sean and Westbury, Duncan B. and Westphal, Catrin and Wickens, Jennifer B. and Winfree, Rachael and Zhang, Hong and Klein, Alexandra-Maria (2021). Wild insect diversity increases inter-annual stability in global crop pollinator communities. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 288 , 20210212
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Abstract

While an increasing number of studies indicate that the range, diversity and abundance of many wild pollinators has declined, the global area of pollinator-dependent crops has significantly increased over the last few decades. Crop pollination studies to date have mainly focused on either identifying different guilds pollinating various crops, or on factors driving spatial changes and turnover observed in these communities. The mechanisms driving temporal stability for ecosystem functioning and services, however, remain poorly understood. Our study quantifies temporal variability observed in crop pollinators in 21 different crops across multiple years at a global scale. Using data from 43 studies from six continents, we show that (i) higher pollinator diversity confers greater inter-annual stability in pollinator communities, (ii) temporal variation observed in pollinator abundance is primarily driven by the three-most dominant species, and (iii) crops in tropical regions demonstrate higher inter-annual variability in pollinator species richness than crops in temperate regions. We highlight the importance of recognizing wild pollinator diversity in agricultural landscapes to stabilize pollinator persistence across years to protect both biodiversity and crop pollination services. Short-term agricultural management practices aimed at dominant species for stabilizing pollination services need to be considered alongside longer term conservation goals focussed on maintaining and facilitating biodiversity to confer ecological stability.

Authors/Creators:Senapathi, Deepa and Fruend, Jochen and Albrecht, Matthias and Garratt, Michael P. D. and Kleijn, David and Pickles, Brian J. and Potts, Simon G. and An, Jiandong and Andersson, Georg K. S. and Baensch, Svenja and Basu, Parthiba and Benjamin, Faye and Bezerra, Antonio Diego M. and Bhattacharya, Ritam and Biesmeijer, Jacobus C. and Blaauw, Brett and Blitzer, Eleanor J. and Brittain, Claire A. and Carvalheiro, Luisa G. and Cariveau, Daniel P. and Chakraborty, Pushan and Chatterjee, Arnob and Cusser, Sarah and Danforth, Bryan N. and Degani, Erika and Freitas, Breno M. and Garibaldi, Lucas A. and Geslin, Benoit and de Groot, G. Arjen and Harrison, Tina and Howlett, Brad and Isaacs, Rufus and Jha, Shalene and Klatt, Bjorn Kristian and Krewenka, Kristin and Leigh, Samuel and Lindström, Sandra and Mandelik, Yael and McKerchar, Megan and Park, Mia and Pisanty, Gideon and Rader, Romina. and Reemer, Menno and Rundlof, Maj and Smith, Barbara and Silva, Patricia Nunes and Steffan-Dewenter, Ingolf and Tscharntke, Teja and Webber, Sean and Westbury, Duncan B. and Westphal, Catrin and Wickens, Jennifer B. and Winfree, Rachael and Zhang, Hong and Klein, Alexandra-Maria
Title:Wild insect diversity increases inter-annual stability in global crop pollinator communities
Series Name/Journal:Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:288
Article number:20210212
Number of Pages:10
Publisher:ROYAL SOC
ISSN:0962-8452
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
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
Keywords:pollinators, temporal stability, crops, insect diversity, inter-annual variation, dominant species
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111483
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111483
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DOI10.1098/rspb.2021.0212
Web of Science (WoS)000629960300011
ID Code:23461
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:07 May 2021 13:43
Metadata Last Modified:07 May 2021 13:51

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