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Not enough flowers for bumblebees and honeybees

A study from Lund University shows that once the rape seeds have stopped blooming, there are not enough flowers on the Skåne plains for both honeybees and wild bumblebees.
Lina Herbertsson

“This is the first large-scale experiment that studies the competition between honeybees and wild pollinators”, says researcher Lina Herbertsson.

In her study, Lina Herbertsson collaborated with beekeepers who installed beehives in nine different locations in Skåne. Meanwhile, ten other places were kept free from hives within a 1-kilometre radius. The bumblebees were then counted in the places with hives and those without hives.

“The results show that honeybees are a threat to wild bumblebees as they compete with them in search of nectar and pollen”, says Lina Herbertsson.

A solution to the current situation could be to create space for more flowers in the agricultural landscape.

The article is published in the scientific journal Basic and Applied Ecology and on Sciencedirect.com.
 

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