Interacting effects of farming practice and landscape context on bumble bees

  • Published source details Rundlöf M., Nilsson H. & Smith H.G. (2008) Interacting effects of farming practice and landscape context on bumble bees. Biological Conservation, 141, 417-426.


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Convert to organic farming

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Bee Conservation
  1. Convert to organic farming

    Rundlöf et al. (2008) surveyed bumblebees Bombus spp. on 12 pairs of organic and conventional farms in Sweden, and found significantly more bumblebees and bumblebee species on organic than conventional farms (on average 7.7 and 4.9 species/farm on organic and conventional farms respectively). This difference between organic and conventional farms was not statistically significant when only the six pairs of farms in heterogenous (mixed) farming landscapes, with smaller field sizes and more grassland, were considered. So organic farming had a greater effect on wild bumblebees in intensive, homogenous arable landscapes.

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