Stability of pollination services decreases with isolation from natural areas despite honey bee visits

Garibaldi, Lucas A., Steffan-Dewenter, Ingolf, Kremen, Claire, Morales, Juan M., Bommarco, Riccardo, Cunningham, Saul A., Carvalheiro, Luísa G., Chacoff, Natacha P., Dudenhöffer, Jan H., Greenleaf, Sarah S., Holzschuh, Andrea, Isaacs, Rufus, Krewenka, Kristin, Mandelik, Yael, Mayfield, Margaret M., Morandin, Lora A., Potts, Simon G., Ricketts, Taylor H., Szentgyörgyi, Hajnalka, Viana, Blandina F., Westphal, Catrin, Winfree, Rachael and Klein, Alexandra M. (2011) Stability of pollination services decreases with isolation from natural areas despite honey bee visits. Ecology Letters, 14 10: 1062-1072. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2011.01669.x

Author Garibaldi, Lucas A.
Steffan-Dewenter, Ingolf
Kremen, Claire
Morales, Juan M.
Bommarco, Riccardo
Cunningham, Saul A.
Carvalheiro, Luísa G.
Chacoff, Natacha P.
Dudenhöffer, Jan H.
Greenleaf, Sarah S.
Holzschuh, Andrea
Isaacs, Rufus
Krewenka, Kristin
Mandelik, Yael
Mayfield, Margaret M.
Morandin, Lora A.
Potts, Simon G.
Ricketts, Taylor H.
Szentgyörgyi, Hajnalka
Viana, Blandina F.
Westphal, Catrin
Winfree, Rachael
Klein, Alexandra M.
Title Stability of pollination services decreases with isolation from natural areas despite honey bee visits
Journal name Ecology Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1461-023X
Publication date 2011-10
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2011.01669.x
Volume 14
Issue 10
Start page 1062
End page 1072
Total pages 11
Place of publication Oxford, U.K.
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Sustainable agricultural landscapes by definition provide high magnitude and stability of ecosystem services, biodiversity and crop productivity. However, few studies have considered landscape effects on the stability of ecosystem services. We tested whether isolation from florally diverse natural and semi-natural areas reduces the spatial and temporal stability of flower-visitor richness and pollination services in crop fields. We synthesised data from 29 studies with contrasting biomes, crop species and pollinator communities. Stability of flower-visitor richness, visitation rate (all insects except honey bees) and fruit set all decreased with distance from natural areas. At 1 km from adjacent natural areas, spatial stability decreased by 25, 16 and 9% for richness, visitation and fruit set, respectively, while temporal stability decreased by 39% for richness and 13% for visitation. Mean richness, visitation and fruit set also decreased with isolation, by 34, 27 and 16% at 1 km respectively. In contrast, honey bee visitation did not change with isolation and represented > 25% of crop visits in 21 studies. Therefore, wild pollinators are relevant for crop productivity and stability even when honey bees are abundant. Policies to preserve and restore natural areas in agricultural landscapes should enhance levels and reliability of pollination services.
Keyword Apis mellifera
Bombus spp.
Ecosystem services
Flower visitors
Landscape management
Pollinator services
Spatial stability
Sustainable agricultural landscapes
Temporal stability
Crop pollination
Wild bees
Agricultural intensification
Landscape structure
Temporal stability
Foraging ranges
Tropical forest
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published under "Review and Synthesis".

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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