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Global pollinator declines: trends, impacts and drivers

Published on Jun 1, 2010in Trends in Ecology and Evolution15.24
· DOI :10.1016/j.tree.2010.01.007
Simon G. Potts58
Estimated H-index: 58
(University of Reading),
Jacobus C. Biesmeijer37
Estimated H-index: 37
(University of Leeds)
+ 3 AuthorsWilliam E. Kunin46
Estimated H-index: 46
(University of Leeds)
Abstract
Pollinators are a key component of global biodiversity, providing vital ecosystem services to crops and wild plants. There is clear evidence of recent declines in both wild and domesticated pollinators, and parallel declines in the plants that rely upon them. Here we describe the nature and extent of reported declines, and review the potential drivers of pollinator loss, including habitat loss and fragmentation, agrochemicals, pathogens, alien species, climate change and the interactions between them. Pollinator declines can result in loss of pollination services which have important negative ecological and economic impacts that could significantly affect the maintenance of wild plant diversity, wider ecosystem stability, crop production, food security and human welfare.
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