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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2014

Contribution of insect pollinators to crop yield and quality varies with agricultural intensification

Bartomeus I, Potts SG, Steffan-Dewenter I, Vaissière BE, Woyciechowski M, Krewenka KM, Tscheulin T, Roberts SPM, Szentgyörgyi H, Westphal C, Bommarco R


Discussion. For the four crops in this study, there is clear benefit delivered by pollinators on yield quantity and/or quality, but it is not maximized under current agricultural intensification. Honeybees, the most abundant pollinator, might partially compensate the loss of wild pollinators in some areas, but our results suggest the need of landscape-scale actions to enhance wild pollinator populations.


Biodiversity; Pollination; Honeybees; Wild bees; Agroecosystems; Ecosystem services

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2014, volume: 2, article number: 328

Authors' information

Bartomeus, Ignasi
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Ecology
Potts, Simon G.
University of Reading
Steffan-Dewenter, Ingolf
University of Würzburg
Vaissière, Bernard E.
National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA)
Woyciechowski, Michal
Jagiellonian University
Krewenka, Kristin
University of Göttingen
Tscheulin, Thomas
University of the Aegean
Roberts, Stuart P.M.
University of Reading
Szentgyörgyi, Hajnalka
Jagiellonian University
Westphal, Catrin
University of Göttingen
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Ecology

UKÄ Subject classification

Agricultural Science

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