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  1. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Effects of small-scale clustering of flowers on pollinator foraging behaviour and flower visitation rate Plants often grow in clusters of various sizes and have a variable number of flowers per inflorescence. This small-scale spatial clustering affects insect foraging strategies and plant...
  2. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Lessons from Red Data Books: Plant Vulnerability Increases with Floral Complexity The architectural complexity of flower structures (hereafter referred to as floral complexity) may be linked to pollination by specialized pollinators that can increase the probability of successful seed set. As...
  3. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    Using DNA Metabarcoding to Identify the Floral Composition of Honey: A New Tool for Investigating Honey Bee Foraging Preferences Identifying the floral composition of honey provides a method for investigating the plants that honey bees visit. We compared melissopalynology, where pollen grains...
  4. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    The Influence of Prior Learning Experience on Pollinator Choice: An Experiment Using Bumblebees on Two Wild Floral Types of Antirrhinum majus Understanding how pollinator behavior may influence pollen transmission across floral types is a major challenge, as pollinator decision depends on a...
  5. Alternative Pollinators
    Unsupervised Neural Network Quantifies the Cost of Visual Information Processing Untrained, “flower-naïve” bumblebees display behavioural preferences when presented with visual properties such as colour, symmetry, spatial frequency and others. Two unsupervised neural networks were implemented to...
  6. Bee Forum
    Determinants of Spatial Distribution in a Bee Community: Nesting Resources, Flower Resources, and Body Size Understanding biodiversity distribution is a primary goal of community ecology. At a landscape scale, bee communities are affected by habitat composition, anthropogenic land use, and...
  7. Bee Forum
    Determinants of Spatial Distribution in a Bee Community: Nesting Resources, Flower Resources, and Body Size Understanding biodiversity distribution is a primary goal of community ecology. At a landscape scale, bee communities are affected by habitat composition, anthropogenic land use, and...
  8. Bee Forum
    Microbial Ecology of the Hive and Pollination Landscape: Bacterial Associates from Floral Nectar, the Alimentary Tract and Stored Food of Honey Bees (Apis mellifera) Nearly all eukaryotes are host to beneficial or benign bacteria in their gut lumen, either vertically inherited, or acquired from...
  9. Bee Forum
    Do Honeybees Shape the Bacterial Community Composition in Floral Nectar? BCCs in nectar are abundant and diverse (Table 1; Figs. 1 and 2). We also demonstrate that uncovered flowers show different bacterial populations than do covered flowers, indicating that the bacterial community in floral...
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