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Early-flowering crops may increase bumblebee numbers for late-flowering crops
22.05.2014

Science for Environment Policy Issue 373

Planting early-flowering crops, such as oilseed rape, boosts the numbers of bumblebees available to pollinate late-flowering crops, such as sunflowers, according to recent research. Carefully managing the timing and coverage of flowering crops in the landscape could therefore ensure pollination services and increase yields, say the researchers.

Source: Riedinger, V., Renner, M., Rundlöf, M. et al. (2014). Early mass-flowering crops mitigate pollinator dilution in late-flowering crops. Landscape Ecology 29: 425435. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10980-013-9973-y


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