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2763FW: Pollinators easily enhanced by flowering agri-environment schemes

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  • Stoner, Kimberly
    Jun 11, 2013

      Hi bee folks,

      New study from Europe documents what you might expect to be true – paying farmers to plant floral resources on crop farms (rather than grassland) has the most effect on common, highly mobile species and improves crop pollination from these species, but does not have as much effect on rare species.  Effects increase with greater diversity of flower species planted.

      Pollinators easily enhanced by flowering agri-environment schemes

      Posted: 10 Jun 2013 08:30 AM PDT

      European agri-environment schemes enhance wild pollinators on farmland, new research shows. The effects increased with the number of flowers brought back by the schemes. Recent studies have shown that wild pollinators are instrumental in providing pollination services to crops. Agri-environment schemes can therefore help counteract pollination loss.


      Journal Reference:

      1.     Jeroen Scheper, Andrea Holzschuh, Mikko Kuussaari, Simon G. Potts, Maj Rundlöf, Henrik G. Smith, David Kleijn. Environmental factors driving the effectiveness of European agri-environmental measures in mitigating pollinator loss - a meta-analysis. Ecology Letters, 2013; DOI: 10.1111/ele.12128

      Kim Stoner