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Faye E. Benjamin, James R. Reilly and Rachael Winfree Pollinator body size mediates the scale at which land use drives crop pollination services Journal of Applied Ecology 51

Version of Record online: 13 FEB 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12198

Bee abundance and pollination services were strongly determined by field-scale agricultural cover, suggesting that field-scale set-asides may provide significant benefits to pollination services. Further, we found that pollinators respond differently to land use depending on body size, but all groups of bees benefit from decreasing agricultural cover at the field scale. Therefore, small-scale modifications to habitat can have significant impacts on both pollinator abundance and pollination services to crop plants.

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