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Critical links between biodiversity and health in wild bee conservation

Critical links between biodiversity and health in wild bee conservation

Parreño, MA, Alaux, C, Brunet, J-L, Buydens, L, Filipiak, M, Henry, M, Keller, A, Klein, A-M, Kuhlmann, M, Leroy, C, Meeus, I, Palmer-Young, E, Piot, N, Requier, F, Ruedenauer, F, Smagghe, G, Stevenson, Philip ORCID: 0000-0002-0736-3619 and Leonhardt, SD (2021) Critical links between biodiversity and health in wild bee conservation. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. ISSN 0169-5347 (Print), 1872-8383 (Online) (In Press)

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Abstract

Wild bee populations are declining due to human activities, such as land use, which strongly affect the composition and diversity of available plants and food sources. The chemical composition of food (i.e. nutrition), in turn, determines health, resilience and fitness of bees. However, for pollinators, the term health is recent and subject to debate as is the interaction between nutrition and wild bee health. We define bee health as a multidimensional concept in a novel integrative framework linking bee biological traits (physiology, stoichiometry and disease) and environmental factors (floral diversity, nutritional landscapes). Linking information on tolerated nutritional niches and health in different bee species will allow us to better predict their distribution and responses to environmental change and thus support wild pollinator conservation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hymenoptera, biodiversity loss, plant-insect interactions, conservation, physiology, pollination, pollinators, ecosystem services
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > QL Zoology
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Agriculture, Health & Environment Department
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Pest Behaviour Research Group
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Last Modified: 01 Dec 2021 11:06
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Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/34500

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