Landscape effects on crop pollination services: are there general patterns?

Ricketts. T.H., Regetz, J., Steffan-Dewenter, I., Cunningham, S.A., Kremen, C., Bogdanski, A., Gemmill-Herren, B., Greenleaf, S.S., Klein, A.M., Mayfield, M., Morandin, L.A., Ochieng, A. and Viana, B.F. (2008) Landscape effects on crop pollination services: are there general patterns?. Ecology Letters, 11 5: 499-515. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2008.01157.x

Author Ricketts. T.H.
Regetz, J.
Steffan-Dewenter, I.
Cunningham, S.A.
Kremen, C.
Bogdanski, A.
Gemmill-Herren, B.
Greenleaf, S.S.
Klein, A.M.
Mayfield, M.
Morandin, L.A.
Ochieng, A.
Viana, B.F.
Title Landscape effects on crop pollination services: are there general patterns?
Journal name Ecology Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1461-023X
Publication date 2008-05-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2008.01157.x
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 11
Issue 5
Start page 499
End page 515
Total pages 17
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley- Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Language eng
Subject C1
960904 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Land Management
961305 Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas in Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments
050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Abstract Pollination by bees and other animals increases the size, quality, or stability of harvests for 70% of leading global crops. Because native species pollinate many of these crops effectively, conserving habitats for wild pollinators within agricultural landscapes can help maintain pollination services. Using hierarchical Bayesian techniques, we synthesize the results of 23 studies – representing 16 crops on five continents – to estimate the general relationship between pollination services and distance from natural or semi-natural habitats. We find strong exponential declines in both pollinator richness and native visitation rate. Visitation rate declines more steeply, dropping to half of its maximum at 0.6 km from natural habitat, compared to 1.5 km for richness. Evidence of general decline in fruit and seed set – variables that directly affect yields – is less clear. Visitation rate drops more steeply in tropical compared with temperate regions, and slightly more steeply for social compared with solitary bees. Tropical crops pollinated primarily by social bees may therefore be most susceptible to pollination failure from habitat loss. Quantifying these general relationships can help predict consequences of land use change on pollinator communities and crop productivity, and can inform landscape conservation efforts that balance the needs of native species and people.
Keyword Agriculture
ecosystem services
habitat fragmentation
hierarchical Bayesian model
land use
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID BB/I000348/1
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: 2009 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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