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Title: Resource connectivity for beneficial insects in landscapes dominated by monoculture tree crop plantations
Contributor(s): Saunders, Manu  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2016
DOI: 10.1080/14735903.2015.1025496
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Abstract: Homogenization of agricultural landscapes affects ecological processes and biodiversity and can affect the community composition of ecosystem service providers. These effects can have particular impact in landscapes dominated by monocultures of pollinator-dependent tree crop plantations, which create both spatial and temporal homogeneity at the landscape scale. I looked for associations between the proportion of nearby unmanaged vegetation and potential wild pollinator groups collected within flowering almond orchards in two types of landscape. In the Complex landscape, characterized by a heterogeneous mosaic of multiple crops, semi-natural grassland and natural woodland, insect pollinator groups were not associated with unmanaged vegetation. In the Simple landscape, dominated by monoculture almond plantations, most pollinator groups showed positive relationships with the two unmanaged vegetation types (grassland and woodland). In particular, all wild bee and all but one hoverfly individual were found in remnant native vegetation patches within almond plantations, rather than within rows of almond trees. More research is necessary to identify how structural differences created in monoculture landscapes, between crops and the native vegetation they encroach on, influence ecological communities and the provision of ecosystem services.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 14(1), p. 82-99
Publisher: Earthscan Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1747-762X
Field of Research (FOR): 070101 Agricultural Land Management
050104 Landscape Ecology
060202 Community Ecology (excl. Invasive Species Ecology)
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 960804 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
960904 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Land Management
820201 Almonds
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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