Sustainable Pollination Services for UK Crops



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Predict crop pollination deficits on a landscape scale

Understanding levels of pollination service provided to crops at a landscape scale across the UK is vitally important. We will develop a spatial model integrating information on UK honeybee resources, wild pollinator distributions, and their efficiency as crop pollinators, to predict levels of pollination service required and provided by UK landscapes.


Socio-economic and environmental factors determining beekeeper decision making as well as data from the National Bee Unit will be used to map the spatial distribution of UK beekeeping and the potential crop pollination services they can provide.

Using species-specific habitat/niche models, the distribution of potential wild crop-pollinating species will be mapped across the UK. Using this, and information on beekeeping practices, combined with information on insect dependent crops and where they are grown in the UK, maps highlighting areas with potential pollinations deficits will be created.


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