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The importance of bees in natural and agricultural ecosystemsAuthor(s): Paul Rhoades
Source: In: Haase, D. L.; Pinto, J. R.; Wilkinson, K. M., technical coordinators. National Proceedings: Forest and Conservation Nursery Associations - 2012. Proceedings RMRS-P-69. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 77-79.
Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionAs the world’s most important group of pollinators, bees are a crucial part of agricultural production and natural ecosystem function. Bees and the pollination they provide are relevant to the nursery industry because of their role in the performance of seed increase plots as well as the importance of pollination in supporting persistent plant communities in restored areas. Agricultural producers can increase seed or fruit production with colonies of European honey bees, managed native bees, or by managing land to increase populations of native bees. By meeting requirements for food and nesting resources restored areas can support similar levels of species richness and abundance of native bees. Although the specific species of bees present may differ between restored and remnant sites, pollination function and community resilience can be restored.
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CitationRhoades, Paul. 2013. The importance of bees in natural and agricultural ecosystems. In: Haase, D. L.; Pinto, J. R.; Wilkinson, K. M., technical coordinators. National Proceedings: Forest and Conservation Nursery Associations - 2012. Proceedings RMRS-P-69. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 77-79.
Keywordspollination, seed production, seed increase, bees, restoration
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