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

  • Yann Clough
  • Johan Ekroos
  • András Báldi
  • Péter Batáry
  • Riccardo Bommarco
  • Nicolas Gross
  • Andrea Holzschuh
  • Sebastian Hopfenmüller
  • Eva Knop
  • Mikko Kuussaari
  • Regina Lindborg
  • Lorenzo Marini
  • Erik Ockinger
  • Simon G Potts
  • Juha Pöyry
  • Stuart Pm Roberts
  • Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter
  • Henrik Smith
Publishing year: 2014
Language: English
Pages: 1168-1177
Publication/Series: Ecology Letters
Volume: 17
Issue: 9
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Abstract english

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.


  • Ecology
  • Earth and Related Environmental Sciences


  • BECC
  • ISSN: 1461-023X
Henrik Smith
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