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Brett R. Blaauw and Rufus Isaacs Flower plantings increase wild bee abundance and the pollination services provided to a pollination-dependent crop Journal of Applied Ecology 51

Version of Record online: 23 APR 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12257

We suggest that provision of forage habitat for bees adjacent to pollinator-dependent crops can conserve wild pollinators in otherwise resource-poor agricultural landscapes. Over time, these plantings can support higher crop yields and bring a return on the initial investment in wildflower seed and planting establishment, also insuring against loss of managed pollinators. Further understanding of the importance of planting size, location and landscape context will be required to effectively implement this practice to support crop pollination.

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