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Simon G. Potts
University of Reading
238Publications
58H-index
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Erika Degani1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Reading),
Samuel G. Leigh (University of Reading)+ -3 AuthorsSimon G. Potts58
Estimated H-index: 58
(University of Reading)
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...
Published on Apr 1, 2019in Nature Communications11.88
Ben A. Woodcock31
Estimated H-index: 31
,
Michael P.D. Garratt16
Estimated H-index: 16
(University of Reading)
+ 22 AuthorsP. Ouvrard (UCL: Université catholique de Louvain)
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...
Published in Science of The Total Environment5.59
Adam J. Vanbergen28
Estimated H-index: 28
(INRA: Institut national de la recherche agronomique),
Simon G. Potts58
Estimated H-index: 58
(University of Reading)
+ -3 AuthorsThomas Tscheulin17
Estimated H-index: 17
(University of the Aegean)
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...
Kelly Jowett (University of Reading), Alice E. Milne15
Estimated H-index: 15
(Rothamsted Research)
+ -3 AuthorsJonathan Storkey21
Estimated H-index: 21
(Rothamsted Research)
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 ...
Published on Apr 7, 2019in Ecology Letters8.70
Emily A. Martin11
Estimated H-index: 11
(University of Würzburg),
Matteo Dainese13
Estimated H-index: 13
+ 62 AuthorsAnikó Kovács-Hostyánszki13
Estimated H-index: 13
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...
Published on Apr 1, 2019
Russell T. Hill47
Estimated H-index: 47
(JCU: James Cook University),
Guiomar Nates-Parra10
Estimated H-index: 10
(National University of Colombia)
+ 18 AuthorsSara Jo Breslow9
Estimated H-index: 9
(UW: University of Washington)
Published on Mar 1, 2019
Russell T. Hill47
Estimated H-index: 47
(JCU: James Cook University),
Guiomar Nates-Parra10
Estimated H-index: 10
(National University of Colombia)
+ 18 AuthorsSara Jo Breslow9
Estimated H-index: 9
(UW: University of Washington)
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...
Published on Mar 1, 2019in Nature Ecology and Evolution
Katherine C. R. Baldock11
Estimated H-index: 11
(UoB: University of Bristol),
Mark A. Goddard10
Estimated H-index: 10
(University of Leeds)
+ 11 AuthorsAnna V. Scott6
Estimated H-index: 6
(University of Reading)
Urban areas are often perceived to have lower biodiversity than the wider countryside, but a few small-scale studies suggest that some urban land uses can support substantial pollinator populations. We present a large-scale, well-replicated study of floral resources and pollinators in 360 sites incorporating all major land uses in four British cities. Using a systems approach, we developed Bayesian network models integrating pollinator dispersal and resource switching to estimate city-scale effe...
Published on Feb 20, 2019in bioRxiv
Matteo Dainese1
Estimated H-index: 1
,
Emily A. Martin11
Estimated H-index: 11
(University of Würzburg)
+ 98 AuthorsLucas A. Garibaldi1
Estimated H-index: 1
Human land use threatens global biodiversity and compromises multiple ecosystem functions critical to food production. Whether crop yield-related ecosystem services can be maintained by few abundant species or rely on high richness remains unclear. Using a global database from 89 crop systems, we partition the relative importance of abundance and species richness for pollination, biological pest control and final yields in the context of on-going land-use change. Pollinator and enemy richness di...
Published on Feb 1, 2019in Trends in Ecology and Evolution15.24
David Kleijn48
Estimated H-index: 48
(WUR: Wageningen University and Research Centre),
Riccardo Bommarco47
Estimated H-index: 47
(SLU: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)
+ 3 AuthorsWim H. van der Putten59
Estimated H-index: 59
(WUR: Wageningen University and Research Centre)
There is worldwide concern about the environmental costs of conventional intensification of agriculture. Growing evidence suggests that ecological intensification of mainstream farming can safeguard food production, with accompanying environmental benefits; however, the approach is rarely adopted by farmers. Our review of the evidence for replacing external inputs with ecosystem services shows that scientists tend to focus on processes (e.g., pollination) rather than outcomes (e.g., profits), an...
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