Assessing pollinators’ use of floral resource subsidies in agri-environment schemes: An illustration using Phacelia tanacetifolia and honeybees
Honeybees (Apis mellifera L.) are frequently used in agriculture for pollination services because of their abundance, generalist floral preferences, ease of management and hive transport. However, their populations are declining in many countries. Agri-Environment Schemes (AES) are being implemented in agricultural systems to combat the decline in populations of pollinators and other insects. Despite AES being increasingly embedded in policy and budgets, scientific assessments of many of these schemes still are lacking, and only a few studies have examined the extent to which insect pollinators use the floral enhancements that are part of AES and on which floral components they feed (i.e., pollen and/or nectar).... [Show full abstract]
KeywordsApis mellifera; honeybee foraging behaviour; agroecosystems; pollen preference; floral enhancements; pollinator health strategies
Fields of Research070301 Agro-ecosystem Function and Prediction; 050102 Ecosystem Function; 06 Biological Sciences; 11 Medical and Health Sciences
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CitationSprague, R., Boyer, S., Stevenson, G., & Wratten, S. (2016). Assessing pollinators' use of floral resource subsidies in agri-environment schemes: An illustration using Phacelia tanacetifolia and honeybees. PeerJ, 4, E2677.
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