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A series of nine IPI Policy & Practice Notes is being prepared and will be published online during 2014/2015 under the auspices of the Living with Environmental Change (LWEC) partnership.

  1. What is causing the decline in pollinating insects? Insect pollinator numbers are affected by many different environmental and socio-economic factors but attributing long term change in pollinator numbers to one or more of these is difficult. Scientists are beginning to understand how these different factors interact with each other, and which are more important for particular insect groups, but there is no single, simple explanation for pollinator decline. Published 04/2014. Authors: Vanbergen, A.J. & Dicks, L.V.

  2. The benefits of managing pollinators for crop production. Insect pollinators are essential for food production, improving the yield and quality of three quarters of UK crops. Multiple pressures threaten pollinator

    populations and the pollination services they provide, including changing landuse, disease, climate change and agrochemicals. This has resulted in declining abundance and species richness in both managed and wild pollinator populations and threatens the stability of crop pollination services. It is therefore essential to
    conserve and manage insect pollinators as demands on food production increase.



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