Delivery of crop pollination services is an insufficient argument for wild pollinator conservation

David Kleijn, Rachael Winfree, Ignasi Bartomeus, Luísa G. Carvalheiro, Mickaël Henry, Rufus Isaacs, Alexandra Maria Klein, Claire Kremen, Leithen K. M'Gonigle, Romina Rader, Taylor H. Ricketts, Neal M. Williams, Nancy Lee Adamson, John S. Ascher, A. Báldi, P. Batáry, Faye Benjamin, Jacobus C. Biesmeijer, Eleanor J. Blitzer, Riccardo Bommarco & 38 others Mariëtte R. Brand, Vincent Bretagnolle, Lindsey Button, Daniel P. Cariveau, Rémy Chifflet, Jonathan F. Colville, Bryan N. Danforth, Elizabeth Elle, Michael P D Garratt, Felix Herzog, Andrea Holzschuh, Brad G. Howlett, Frank Jauker, Shalene Jha, Eva Knop, Kristin M. Krewenka, Violette Le Féon, Yael Mandelik, Emily A. May, Mia G. Park, Gideon Pisanty, Menno Reemer, Verena Riedinger, Orianne Rollin, Maj Rundlöf, Hillary S. Sardiñas, Jeroen Scheper, Amber R. Sciligo, Henrik G. Smith, Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, Robbin Thorp, Teja Tscharntke, Jort Verhulst, Blandina F. Viana, Bernard E. Vaissière, Ruan Veldtman, Catrin Westphal, Simon G. Potts

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Abstract

There is compelling evidence that more diverse ecosystems deliver greater benefits to people, and these ecosystem services have become a key argument for biodiversity conservation. However, it is unclear how much biodiversity is needed to deliver ecosystem services in a cost-effective way. Here we show that, while the contribution of wild bees to crop production is significant, service delivery is restricted to a limited subset of all known bee species. Across crops, years and biogeographical regions, crop-visiting wild bee communities are dominated by a small number of common species, and threatened species are rarely observed on crops. Dominant crop pollinators persist under agricultural expansion and many are easily enhanced by simple conservation measures, suggesting that cost-effective management strategies to promote crop pollination should target a different set of species than management strategies to promote threatened bees. Conserving the biological diversity of bees therefore requires more than just ecosystem-service-based arguments.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7414
JournalNature Communications
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 16 2015

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Kleijn, D., Winfree, R., Bartomeus, I., Carvalheiro, L. G., Henry, M., Isaacs, R., ... Potts, S. G. (2015). Delivery of crop pollination services is an insufficient argument for wild pollinator conservation. Nature Communications, 6, [7414]. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms8414

Delivery of crop pollination services is an insufficient argument for wild pollinator conservation. / Kleijn, David; Winfree, Rachael; Bartomeus, Ignasi; Carvalheiro, Luísa G.; Henry, Mickaël; Isaacs, Rufus; Klein, Alexandra Maria; Kremen, Claire; M'Gonigle, Leithen K.; Rader, Romina; Ricketts, Taylor H.; Williams, Neal M.; Lee Adamson, Nancy; Ascher, John S.; Báldi, A.; Batáry, P.; Benjamin, Faye; Biesmeijer, Jacobus C.; Blitzer, Eleanor J.; Bommarco, Riccardo; Brand, Mariëtte R.; Bretagnolle, Vincent; Button, Lindsey; Cariveau, Daniel P.; Chifflet, Rémy; Colville, Jonathan F.; Danforth, Bryan N.; Elle, Elizabeth; Garratt, Michael P D; Herzog, Felix; Holzschuh, Andrea; Howlett, Brad G.; Jauker, Frank; Jha, Shalene; Knop, Eva; Krewenka, Kristin M.; Le Féon, Violette; Mandelik, Yael; May, Emily A.; Park, Mia G.; Pisanty, Gideon; Reemer, Menno; Riedinger, Verena; Rollin, Orianne; Rundlöf, Maj; Sardiñas, Hillary S.; Scheper, Jeroen; Sciligo, Amber R.; Smith, Henrik G.; Steffan-Dewenter, Ingolf; Thorp, Robbin; Tscharntke, Teja; Verhulst, Jort; Viana, Blandina F.; Vaissière, Bernard E.; Veldtman, Ruan; Westphal, Catrin; Potts, Simon G.

In: Nature Communications, Vol. 6, 7414, 16.06.2015.

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Kleijn, D, Winfree, R, Bartomeus, I, Carvalheiro, LG, Henry, M, Isaacs, R, Klein, AM, Kremen, C, M'Gonigle, LK, Rader, R, Ricketts, TH, Williams, NM, Lee Adamson, N, Ascher, JS, Báldi, A, Batáry, P, Benjamin, F, Biesmeijer, JC, Blitzer, EJ, Bommarco, R, Brand, MR, Bretagnolle, V, Button, L, Cariveau, DP, Chifflet, R, Colville, JF, Danforth, BN, Elle, E, Garratt, MPD, Herzog, F, Holzschuh, A, Howlett, BG, Jauker, F, Jha, S, Knop, E, Krewenka, KM, Le Féon, V, Mandelik, Y, May, EA, Park, MG, Pisanty, G, Reemer, M, Riedinger, V, Rollin, O, Rundlöf, M, Sardiñas, HS, Scheper, J, Sciligo, AR, Smith, HG, Steffan-Dewenter, I, Thorp, R, Tscharntke, T, Verhulst, J, Viana, BF, Vaissière, BE, Veldtman, R, Westphal, C & Potts, SG 2015, 'Delivery of crop pollination services is an insufficient argument for wild pollinator conservation', Nature Communications, vol. 6, 7414. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms8414
Kleijn, David ; Winfree, Rachael ; Bartomeus, Ignasi ; Carvalheiro, Luísa G. ; Henry, Mickaël ; Isaacs, Rufus ; Klein, Alexandra Maria ; Kremen, Claire ; M'Gonigle, Leithen K. ; Rader, Romina ; Ricketts, Taylor H. ; Williams, Neal M. ; Lee Adamson, Nancy ; Ascher, John S. ; Báldi, A. ; Batáry, P. ; Benjamin, Faye ; Biesmeijer, Jacobus C. ; Blitzer, Eleanor J. ; Bommarco, Riccardo ; Brand, Mariëtte R. ; Bretagnolle, Vincent ; Button, Lindsey ; Cariveau, Daniel P. ; Chifflet, Rémy ; Colville, Jonathan F. ; Danforth, Bryan N. ; Elle, Elizabeth ; Garratt, Michael P D ; Herzog, Felix ; Holzschuh, Andrea ; Howlett, Brad G. ; Jauker, Frank ; Jha, Shalene ; Knop, Eva ; Krewenka, Kristin M. ; Le Féon, Violette ; Mandelik, Yael ; May, Emily A. ; Park, Mia G. ; Pisanty, Gideon ; Reemer, Menno ; Riedinger, Verena ; Rollin, Orianne ; Rundlöf, Maj ; Sardiñas, Hillary S. ; Scheper, Jeroen ; Sciligo, Amber R. ; Smith, Henrik G. ; Steffan-Dewenter, Ingolf ; Thorp, Robbin ; Tscharntke, Teja ; Verhulst, Jort ; Viana, Blandina F. ; Vaissière, Bernard E. ; Veldtman, Ruan ; Westphal, Catrin ; Potts, Simon G. / Delivery of crop pollination services is an insufficient argument for wild pollinator conservation. In: Nature Communications. 2015 ; Vol. 6.
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