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