New Publication: On-farm experiences shape farmer knowledge, perceptions of pollinators, and management practices

We collaborate with Julia Osterman and other colleagues to study how farmers value pollinators in different crops around the world. From more than 500 interviews across 11 countries, we found that bees (managed honeybees and bumblebees, and wild bees) are the most valued pollinators. Anyway, many farmers appreciate the additional role of non-bee pollinators in their crops. The perception … Continue reading New Publication: On-farm experiences shape farmer knowledge, perceptions of pollinators, and management practices

Oferta: Contrato Predoctoral en Proyecto BatBirdFruit

¿Quieres hacer la tesis doctoral estudiando los servicios y diservicios ecosistémicos de aves y murciélagos en agroecosistemas? El Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación de España oferta un contrato predoctoral asociado a BatBirdFruit, en su nueva convocatoria de Formación de Doctores de 2021. El plazo de presentación de solitudes es del 28 de octubre al 11 de noviembre de 2021. … Continue reading Oferta: Contrato Predoctoral en Proyecto BatBirdFruit

New Publication: Spiders prey on other natural enemies more than on pests

We collaborate with Peter Hämback and other colleagues to study the role of spiders as natural enemies of pests in apple orchards from Sweden and Spain. We used gut metabarcoding for identifying prey species. Most arachnids consume a large range of apple pest species but, surprisingly, also a high proportion of other natural enemies. In fact, a third of … Continue reading New Publication: Spiders prey on other natural enemies more than on pests

New publications on biodiversity and apple pollination in Europe

We participate in two large-scale studies on the relevance of pollinators in apple crops throughout Europe. On the one hand, by using trait-based estimates of functional diversity, we evidence the filtering effects of landscape homogenization and orchard intensification on pollinator biodiversity, but also the relevance of functional diversity on pollination service. Importantly, low-intensity orchards with high pollination functional diversity … Continue reading New publications on biodiversity and apple pollination in Europe

New publication: Blueberry needs Bumblebees

We demonstrate the relevance of wild native bulblebees as pollinators of American blueberry crops introduced in Asturias. By foraging at early dates of the blueberry blossom and under bad weather conditions, they provide pollination service highly complementary to that of managed honeybee. See the open access article at Insects!

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