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Native Pollinators and Food Security

Saturday | June 21, 2014 | 11:00 am — 12:00 pm

UC Berkeley Campus – Mulford Hall | 159 Mulford Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720

Since the discovery of Colony Collapse Disorder in 2007, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of studies investigating honeybee health and the stability of alternative (i.e. wild) pollinator communities in providing pollination services. Many previous studies have demonstrated that natural habitat surrounding farms increases pollinator abundance, diversity and services. This level of diversification, however, is not under grower control, whereas local diversification practices such as polyculture (i.e., the planting of multiple crops) are much more under grower control. Yet, no studies to date have explicitly studied whether polyculture can provide the same critical resources to native pollinators that larger landscape-scale natural habitats do. This study compares polycultures to monocultures, embedded in either intensive agricultural or natural habitat landscapes, to determine the effects of local versus landscape scale diversity on pollinator communities and pollination services.

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