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Susceptibility of pollinators to ongoing landscape changes depends on landscape history [Diversity and Distributions]

Keywords : bees, biodiversity loss, butterflies, extinction debt, habitat composition, fragmentation and configuration, hoverflies

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Pollinators play an important role in ecosystem functioning, affecting also crop production. Their decline may hence lead to serious ecological and economic impacts, making it essential to understand the processes that drive pollinator shifts in space and time. Land-use changes are thought to be one of the most important drivers of pollinators’ loss, and there is increasing investment on pollinator-friendly landscape management. However, it is still unclear whether landscape history of a given region determines how pollinator communities respond to further landscape modification.

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