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Density of insect-pollinated grassland plants decreases with increasing surrounding land-use intensity.

Clough, Yann LU ; Ekroos, Johan LU ; Báldi, András; Batáry, Péter; Bommarco, Riccardo; Gross, Nicolas; Holzschuh, Andrea; Hopfenmüller, Sebastian; Knop, Eva and Kuussaari, Mikko, et al. (2014) In Ecology Letters 17(9). p.1168-1177
Abstract
Pollinator declines have raised concerns about the persistence of plant species that depend on insect pollination, in particular by bees, for their reproduction. The impact of pollinator declines remains unknown for species-rich plant communities found in temperate seminatural grasslands. We investigated effects of land-use intensity in the surrounding landscape on the distribution of plant traits related to insect pollination in 239 European seminatural grasslands. Increasing arable land use in the surrounding landscape consistently reduced the density of plants depending on bee and insect pollination. Similarly, the relative abundance of bee-pollination-dependent plants increased with higher proportions of non-arable agricultural land... (More)
Pollinator declines have raised concerns about the persistence of plant species that depend on insect pollination, in particular by bees, for their reproduction. The impact of pollinator declines remains unknown for species-rich plant communities found in temperate seminatural grasslands. We investigated effects of land-use intensity in the surrounding landscape on the distribution of plant traits related to insect pollination in 239 European seminatural grasslands. Increasing arable land use in the surrounding landscape consistently reduced the density of plants depending on bee and insect pollination. Similarly, the relative abundance of bee-pollination-dependent plants increased with higher proportions of non-arable agricultural land (e.g. permanent grassland). This was paralleled by an overall increase in bee abundance and diversity. By isolating the impact of the surrounding landscape from effects of local habitat quality, we show for the first time that grassland plants dependent on insect pollination are particularly susceptible to increasing land-use intensity in the landscape. (Less)
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  abstract     = {Pollinator declines have raised concerns about the persistence of plant species that depend on insect pollination, in particular by bees, for their reproduction. The impact of pollinator declines remains unknown for species-rich plant communities found in temperate seminatural grasslands. We investigated effects of land-use intensity in the surrounding landscape on the distribution of plant traits related to insect pollination in 239 European seminatural grasslands. Increasing arable land use in the surrounding landscape consistently reduced the density of plants depending on bee and insect pollination. Similarly, the relative abundance of bee-pollination-dependent plants increased with higher proportions of non-arable agricultural land (e.g. permanent grassland). This was paralleled by an overall increase in bee abundance and diversity. By isolating the impact of the surrounding landscape from effects of local habitat quality, we show for the first time that grassland plants dependent on insect pollination are particularly susceptible to increasing land-use intensity in the landscape.},
  author       = {Clough, Yann and Ekroos, Johan and Báldi, András and Batáry, Péter and Bommarco, Riccardo and Gross, Nicolas and Holzschuh, Andrea and Hopfenmüller, Sebastian and Knop, Eva and Kuussaari, Mikko and Lindborg, Regina and Marini, Lorenzo and Ockinger, Erik and Potts, Simon G and Pöyry, Juha and Roberts, Stuart Pm and Steffan-Dewenter, Ingolf and Smith, Henrik},
  issn         = {1461-023X},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {9},
  pages        = {1168--1177},
  publisher    = {Wiley-Blackwell},
  series       = {Ecology Letters},
  title        = {Density of insect-pollinated grassland plants decreases with increasing surrounding land-use intensity.},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ele.12325},
  volume       = {17},
  year         = {2014},
}