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Article alert: Changing Bee and Hoverfly Pollinator Assemblages along an Urban-Rural Gradient
22.08.2011

Bates AJ, Sadler JP, Fairbrass AJ, Falk SJ, Hale JD, et al.
PLoS ONE 6(8): e23459. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023459

The potential for reduced pollination ecosystem service due to global declines of bees and other pollinators is cause for considerable concern. Habitat degradation, destruction and fragmentation due to agricultural intensification have historically been the main causes of this pollinator decline. However, despite increasing and accelerating levels of global urbanization, very little research has investigated the effects of urbanization on pollinator assemblages. We assessed changes in the diversity, abundance and species composition of bee and hoverfly pollinator assemblages in urban, suburban, and rural sites across a UK city.

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