Insects

Coupling of Pollination Services & Coffee Suitability Under Climate Change

19th September 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on npr.  “Pollinators such as bees play a key part of producing the beans that go into your morning cup of coffee.In fact, they are responsible for about 20 to 25 percent of coffee production by increasing the plants’ yield, Taylor Ricketts, the director of the University of Vermont’s Gund… [more]

Interaction Effects Between Local Flower Richness & Distance to Natural Woodland on Pest & Beneficial Insects in Apple Orchards

13th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Agricultural and Forest Entomology.  “Abstract: Local and landscape factors interact to influence animal populations and, ultimately, crop yields in agroecosystems. Yet few studies have considered interactions and trade-offs between these factors within a single agroecosystem. We sampled insect communities (fruit-damaging pests and Diptera and Hymenoptera pollinator and natural enemy… [more]

Artificial Light At Night as a New Threat to Pollination

5th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in nature.  “Abstract: Pollinators are declining worldwide1 and this has raised concerns for a parallel decline in the essential pollination service they provide to both crops and wild plants2, 3. Anthropogenic drivers linked to this decline include habitat changes, intensive agriculture, pesticides, invasive alien species, spread of pathogens and climate change1. Recently,… [more]

Pollination Benefits Are Maximized at Intermediate Nutrient Levels

21st August 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published on The Royal Society.  “Abstract: Yield production in flowering crops depends on both nutrient availability and pollination, but their relative roles and potential interactions are poorly understood. We measured pollination benefits to yield in sunflower, combining a gradient in insect pollination (0, 25, 50, 100%) with a continuous gradient in nitrogen (N)… [more]

Semi-Natural Habitats Support Biological Control, Pollination & Soil Conservation in Europe. A Review

26th July 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published on SpringerLink. “Abstract: Semi-natural habitats are integral to most agricultural areas and have the potential to support ecosystem services, especially biological control and pollination by supplying resources for the invertebrates providing these services and for soil conservation by preventing erosion and run-off. Some habitats are supported through agri-environment scheme funding in… [more]

Ant-Mediated Ecosystem Services & Disservices on Marketable Yield in Cocoa Agroforestry Systems

26th July 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published on ScienceDirect.  Highlights Ants provided ecosystem services (e.g. pest control) but also disservices (pathogen spread). Positive impact of species-rich ant communities on marketable cocoa yield. Strong link between species rich community performance and income. Need to consider multiple interactions in agroecosystems than single ecosystem services. “Abstract: The impact of complex… [more]