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Pollinator declines: reconciling scales and implications for ecosystem services

Bartomeus, Ignasi; Winfree, Rachael


Despite the widespread concern about the fate of pollinators and the ecosystem services they deliver, we still have surprisingly scarce scientific data on the magnitude of pollinator declines and its actual contribution to crop pollination and food security. We use recently published data from northeastern North America to show that studies at both the local and regional scales are needed to understand pollinator declines, and that species-specific responses to global change are broadly consistent across scales. Second, we show that bee species that are currently delivering most of the ecosystem services (i.e. crop pollination) are not among the species showing declining trends, but rather appear to thrivein human-dominated landscapes. - See more at:

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2013, volume: 2, article number: 146

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Bartomeus, Ignasi (Bartomeus, Ignasi)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Ecology
Winfree, Rachael
Rutgers University (State University of New Jersey)

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG15 Life on land
SDG2 Zero hunger

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