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The underestimated taxa: the role of non-bee pollinators in temperate vegetable crops, experimental research in strawberry (Fragaria spp.) crops

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Title: The underestimated taxa: the role of non-bee pollinators in temperate vegetable crops, experimental research in strawberry (Fragaria spp.) crops
Author: Richard, Ellen
Department: School of Environmental Sciences
Program: Environmental Sciences
Advisor: Raine, Nigel
Abstract: Pollination services are critical to agricultural systems, providing a third of global food production. Non-bee pollinators have received little recognition with regards to their role in commercial agricultural pollination. Diverse pollinator communities often provide better pollination services, and non-bee pollinators represent 95% of this diversity. Additionally, research demonstrates that many non-bee pollinators are more resilient to land use intensification and climate change due to their nomadic life-history and tolerance to inclement weather. The aim of this thesis is two-fold. It demonstrates the diversity of non-bee insects that visit temperate vegetable crops in a comprehensive review. Secondly, it presents research on the non-bee floral visiting community of day-neutral strawberries in Southern-Ontario. Using barcoding methods as well as quantitative analysis it characterises flower visitor communities, their foraging preferences and levels of floral fidelity. Hoverflies were found to be important non-bee flower visitors, carrying comparable amounts of pollen to bees.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/17499
Date: 2019-08-27
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
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