Sustainable Pollination Services for UK Crops



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Investigate mitigation against crop pollination deficits

For crop locations predicted to be lacking pollination services, we need to identify management initiatives that mitigate this lack of service. For this we will adopt two primary approaches: increasing the utilisation of managed honey bees and managing wild pollinator populations to improve pollination service.


For approach one, a detailed survey of UK beekeepers will be carried out. The socio-economic drivers for take-up and maintenance of beekeeping will be investigated as well as trying to understand barriers to increased utilisation of honey bees as crop pollinators in the UK.

Field experiments will be carried out in order to manipulate wild pollinator populations for improved pollination services. The influence of flower rich margins on crop pollinator activity and subsequent crop yield and quality will be investigated.

Using our understanding of increased beekeeper involvement and effective management of wild pollinator communities for future pollination services, we will be able to provide essential practical solutions to effective pollinator management in order to underpin future policy making and land management practices.


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