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Supplementing small farms with native mason bees increases strawberry size and growth rate [Journal of Applied Ecology]

Keywords : agriculture, berry, cocoons, ecosystem services, growth rates, honeybees, mason bees, native pollinators, orchard bee, pollination

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Pollination services, especially those of bees, play a vital role in agriculture. Declining honeybee populations require us to find alternative solutions for sustainable agriculture. Native bees are proving to be efficient pollinators. Mason bees (Osmia lignaria) provide valuable pollinator services for some woody orchard species, but their value as pollinators for herbaceous crops is largely untested.(...)

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