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dc.contributor.authorKaluza, BF
dc.contributor.authorWallace, HM
dc.contributor.authorHeard, TA
dc.contributor.authorMinden, V
dc.contributor.authorKlein, A
dc.contributor.authorLeonhardt, SD
dc.date.accessioned2019-06-19T13:10:02Z
dc.date.available2019-06-19T13:10:02Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.issn2045-2322
dc.identifier.doi10.1038/s41598-018-30126-0
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/385509
dc.description.abstractBee population declines are often linked to human impacts, especially habitat and biodiversity loss, but empirical evidence is lacking. To clarify the link between biodiversity loss and bee decline, we examined how floral diversity affects (reproductive) fitness and population growth of a social stingless bee. For the first time, we related available resource diversity and abundance to resource (quality and quantity) intake and colony reproduction, over more than two years. Our results reveal plant diversity as key driver of bee fitness. Social bee colonies were fitter and their populations grew faster in more florally diverse environments due to a continuous supply of food resources. Colonies responded to high plant diversity with increased resource intake and colony food stores. Our findings thus point to biodiversity loss as main reason for the observed bee decline.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherNature Publishing Group
dc.relation.ispartofissue1
dc.relation.ispartofjournalScientific Reports
dc.relation.ispartofvolume8
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEnvironmental Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode05
dc.titleSocial bees are fitter in more biodiverse environments
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
dcterms.licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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gro.griffith.authorWallace, Helen M.


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