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Conservation ecology of bees: populations, species and communities

Murray, T. E., Kuhlmann, M. and Potts, S. G. ORCID: (2009) Conservation ecology of bees: populations, species and communities. Apidologie, 40 (3). pp. 211-236. ISSN 0044-8435

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Recent concerns regarding the decline of plant and pollinator species, and the impact on ecosystem functioning, has focused attention on the local and global threats to bee diversity. As evidence for bee declines is now accumulating from over broad taxonomic and geographic scales, we review the role of ecology in bee conservation at the levels of species, populations and communities. Bee populations and communities are typified by considerable spatiotemporal variation; whereby autecological traits, population size and growth rate, and plant-pollinator network architecture all play a role in their vulnerability to extinction. As contemporary insect conservation management is broadly based on species- and habitat-targeted approaches, ecological data will be central to integrating management strategies into a broader, landscape scale of dynamic, interconnected habitats capable of delivering bee conservation in the context of global environmental change.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Soil Research Centre
ID Code:8989
Uncontrolled Keywords:conservation, biodiversity, population, community, plant-pollinator, halictus-rubicundus hymenoptera, plant-pollinator interactions, animal, mutualistic networks, amazonian forest fragments, nest-site selection, land-use intensity, solitary bees, habitat fragmentation, honey-bees, sweat bee

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