Dave Goulson
University of Sussex
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#1Georgia Hennessy (University of Sussex)
#2Nicholas J. Balfour (University of Sussex)H-Index: 7
Last. Francis L. W. Ratnieks (University of Sussex)H-Index: 64
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The ivy bee, Colletes hederae, was first detected in Britain in 2001 and is abundant in many locations. Their ground nesting aggregations can occur in public areas and cause concern about stinging ...
#2Alexandre AebiH-Index: 2
Last. Boris BaerH-Index: 31
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Leonard et al. (1) presented an interesting approach to limit the impact of pathogens on honeybees by stimulating immunity via engineered symbionts. The urgency to safeguard pollinator services is undoubted. Massive declines in bees, insects in general, pose major concerns for ecosystem stability and food production. However, we see potential pitfalls in such technology driven approaches. Leonard et al. attribute high honeybee colony mortality to the parasitic mite Varroa destructor via synergis...
#1Xinran WangH-Index: 2
#2Dave GoulsonH-Index: 64
Last. Jinhui ZhouH-Index: 16
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Neonicotinoids are the most widely used insecticides worldwide, but there is mounting evidence demonstrating that they have adverse effects on nontarget organisms. However, little is known about the extent of environmental neonicotinoids contamination in China. In this study, a total of 693 honey samples from across China, from both Apis melifera and Apis cerana, were analyzed to examine neonicotinoid concentrations and their geographical distribution, and correlation with the primary plant spec...
#1Georgia Hennessy (University of Sussex)
#2Ciaran Harris (University of Sussex)
Last. Francis L. W. Ratnieks (University of Sussex)H-Index: 64
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Wind is an important yet understudied environmental influence on foraging behaviour. We investigated the direct and indirect effects of wind on foraging worker honey bees, Apis mellifera. Bees were trained to an array of artificial flowers providing nectar rewards in a location sheltered from natural wind. To examine the direct effect, fans produced four different wind speeds between 0 and 3 m/s at three different flower spacings: 5 cm (flowers touching) and 10 cm and 20 cm (flowers not touching...
#1Jeffrey A. HarveyH-Index: 47
#1Jeffrey A. HarveyH-Index: 1
Last. Pedro CardosoH-Index: 29
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#1Jeffrey A. HarveyH-Index: 47
#1Jeffrey A. HarveyH-Index: 1
Last. Hans de Kroon (Radboud University Nijmegen)H-Index: 46
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#1Joanne D. Carnell (University of Sussex)
#2Sam Page (University of Stirling)
Last. William O. H. Hughes (University of Sussex)H-Index: 36
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Bumblebees are important pollinating insects, but many species have suffered declines over the last century. Long-tongued bumblebees have been identified as particularly at risk, partly due to their more selective diet. Attempts to study these species in captivity have been impeded by stress-induced behaviours which cause queens to kill or abandon their brood. Here, we attempt to further develop techniques, using queen pairing and Bombus terrestris cocoons, to successfully rear two common long-t...
#1Julie DayH-Index: 6
#2Raman KumarH-Index: 2
Last. Carlos A. PeresH-Index: 86
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#1Dave Goulson (University of Sussex)H-Index: 64
Summary The majority of conservation efforts and public attention are focused on large, charismatic mammals and birds such as tigers, pandas and penguins, yet the bulk of animal life, whether measured by biomass, numerical abundance or numbers of species, consists of invertebrates such as insects. Arguably, these innumerable little creatures are far more important for the functioning of ecosystems than their furry or feathered brethren, but until recently we had few long-term data on their popul...
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There is great interest in planting urban areas to benefit pollinating insects, with the potential that urban areas and gardens could act as an extensive network of pollinator-friendly habitats. However, there are a great many different plant cultivars available to the gardener, and a paucity of evidence-based advice as to which plants are truly most attractive to flower-visiting insects. Here, we report insect visitation to metre square plots of 111 different ornamental plant cultivars at a sit...