Campus Units

Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Entomology

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

7-27-2021

Journal or Book Title

Current Opinion in Insect Science

DOI

10.1016/j.cois.2021.07.003

Abstract

Ecosystems are interconnected and complex, but conservation has often focused on rehabilitating individual species. A systems-ecology approach aims to support overall ecosystem structure and maintain ecological functions, and may be especially pertinent for mutualistic plant–pollinator communities. This approach focuses on species interactions as the units to be conserved within the larger ecosystem. Analyzing species interactions is a more holistic approach because it incorporates a broader web of organisms, and considers the plethora of potential indirect influences from interacting partners. In this article, we suggest pollinator researchers focus on plant–pollinator networks to inform conservation programs and best support the coexistence of pollinators and plants within natural and agricultural systems. We propose that a system-ecology perspective is the most promising way to simultaneously improve pollinator conservation, agricultural sustainability, and human well-being.

Comments

This is a manuscript of an article published as Borchardt, Kate E., Carolina L. Morales, Marcelo A. Aizen, and Amy L. Toth. "Plant-pollinator conservation from the perspective of systems-ecology." Current Opinion in Insect Science (2021). doi:10.1016/j.cois.2021.07.003. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Elsevier Inc.

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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