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Simon G. Potts
University of Reading
244Publications
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#1Erika Degani (University of Reading)H-Index: 1
#2Samuel G. Leigh (University of Reading)
Last.Simon G. Potts (University of Reading)H-Index: 58
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Abstract Given the challenges posed to agriculture by future climatic changes, and the need to reduce environmental impacts, a key challenge is to develop resilient food production systems. Ecological intensification is an approach proposed to partially replace external inputs with the provision of biodiversity-derived ecosystems services to either maintain or increase food production. One promising practice is crop diversification, which has the potential to improve the provision of multiple ec...
#1Ben A. WoodcockH-Index: 31
#2Michael P.D. Garratt (University of Reading)H-Index: 16
Last.R. F. PywellH-Index: 40
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How insects promote crop pollination remains poorly understood in terms of the contribution of functional trait differences between species. We used meta-analyses to test for correlations between community abundance, species richness and functional trait metrics with oilseed rape yield, a globally important crop. While overall abundance is consistently important in predicting yield, functional divergence between species traits also showed a positive correlation. This result supports the compleme...
#1Adam J. Vanbergen (INRA: Institut national de la recherche agronomique)H-Index: 28
#2Simon G. Potts (University of Reading)H-Index: 58
Last.Thomas Tscheulin (University of the Aegean)H-Index: 17
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Abstract Worldwide urbanisation and use of mobile and wireless technologies (5G, Internet of Things) is leading to the proliferation of anthropogenic electromagnetic radiation (EMR) and campaigning voices continue to call for the risk to human health and wildlife to be recognised. Pollinators provide many benefits to nature and humankind, but face multiple anthropogenic threats. Here, we assess whether artificial light at night (ALAN) and anthropogenic radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation (A...
#1Kelly Jowett (University of Reading)
#2Alice E. Milne (Rothamsted Research)H-Index: 15
Last.Jonathan Storkey (Rothamsted Research)H-Index: 21
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Abstract Increasing the abundance and diversity of carabid beetles is a common objective of farm habitat management to deliver sustainable pest control. Carabid spatial distributions in relation to crop areas are important to the delivery of this ecosystem service. We used pitfall count data at distances from edge habitats into crop centres, from farm sites across the UK, to determine the effects of in-field and adjacent environmental features on carabid abundance and diversity. Overall carabid ...
#2Simon G. PottsH-Index: 58
Last.Claire CarvellH-Index: 21
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Abstract Insects pollinate many globally important crops and therefore rapid and effective means to measure crop pollinators and pollination are required to support national monitoring schemes and allow localised measurements of pollinator supply and demand to crops. We tested user-friendly protocols for assessing pollinators and pollination in crops to better understand the capacity and willingness of a group of farmers and citizen scientists to implement such techniques in the field. We asked ...
#1Emily A. Martin (University of Würzburg)H-Index: 11
#2Matteo DaineseH-Index: 13
Last.Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter (University of Würzburg)H-Index: 76
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Managing agricultural landscapes to support biodiversity and ecosystem services is a key aim of a sustainable agriculture. However, how the spatial arrangement of crop fields and other habitats in landscapes impacts arthropods and their functions is poorly known. Synthesising data from 49 studies (1515 landscapes) across Europe, we examined effects of landscape composition (% habitats) and configuration (edge density) on arthropods in fields and their margins, pest control, pollination and yield...
#1Russell T. Hill (JCU: James Cook University)H-Index: 47
#2Guiomar Nates-Parra (National University of Colombia)H-Index: 10
Last.Marie Roué (National Museum of Natural History)H-Index: 1
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#1Russell T. Hill (JCU: James Cook University)H-Index: 47
#2Guiomar Nates-Parra (National University of Colombia)H-Index: 10
Last.Marie Roué (National Museum of Natural History)H-Index: 1
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Pollinators underpin sustainable livelihoods that link ecosystems, spiritual and cultural values, and customary governance systems with indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLC) across the world. Biocultural diversity is a short-hand term for this great variety of people-nature interlinkages that have developed over time in specific ecosystems. Biocultural approaches to conservation explicitly build on the conservation practices inherent in sustaining these livelihoods. We used the Concept...
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