The Pollination Time Bomb: Land use change disrupts wild plant pollination

Description

The vast majority of plants need animal pollinators to transfer their pollen in order to reproduce. Plants provide food, shelter and resources to all other living organisms on earth, which is why reports of widespread pollinator declines are so concerning. Despite this concern, we do not know which types of plants and under which conditions pollinator declines will lead to declines in plant reproductive success, as highlighted by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Our study was designed to address this key knowledge gap.

Subject

Enviornmental Science

Period10 Aug 2020

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  • TitleThe Pollination Time Bomb: Land use change disrupts wild plant pollination
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletNature Ecology and Evolution
    Media typeWeb
    Date10/08/20
    DescriptionLand use change is linked to pollinator declines, yet we do not know if these changes are effecting the reproductive success of plants. To determine if human land use is associated with pollen limitation of plant reproduction we performed a global data synthesis and meta-analysis.
    Producer/AuthorJoanne Bennett
    PersonsJoanne Bennett