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Gardens benefit bees and biodiversity in agricultural landscapes
Science for Environment Policy, issue 275Gardens are good for biodiversity, according to a study of intensively managed farmland in Sweden. The study has found that abundance and species richness of pollinati...

Heavy metal pollution causes severe declines in wild bees
Wild bees are important pollinators and numerous studies dealing with pollination of wild plants and crops underline their vital role in ecosystems functioning. While honey bees can be easily transported to various location w...

BioSyst.EU 2013 Global systematics! - First Announcement
NOBIS Austria is honoured to host and organise the 2nd BioSyst.EU meeting 2013 in Vienna from the February 18th to 22nd 2013 in Vienna. The conference will take place at the University of Vienna (UZA II building) and the Natu...

Article alert: Factors influencing Nosema bombi infections in natural populations of Bombus terrestris (Hymenoptera: Apidae)
Journal of Invertebrate Pathology (2012) doi: 10.1016/j.jip.2012.02.003Anett Huth-Schwarz, Josef Settele, Robin F.A. Moritz, F. Bernhard KrausBumblebees are of profound ecological importance because of the po...

Article alert: Effects of organic farming on biodiversity and ecosystem services: taking landscape complexity into account
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1249: 191–203. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2011.06413.xWinqvist, C., Ahnström, J. and Bengtsson, J.The recent intensification of the arable landscape by modern a...

Article alert: Plantation vs. natural forest: Matrix quality determines pollinator abundance in crop fields
Scientific Reports 1, Article number: 132 doi: 10.1038/srep00132Hisatomo Taki, Yuichi Yamaura, Kimiko Okabe & Kaoru MaetoIn terrestrial ecosystems, ecological processes and patterns within focal patches frequ...

Article alert: Organic Farming Improves Pollination Success in Strawberries
PLoS ONE 7(2): e31599. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0031599Andersson GKS, Rundlöf M, Smith HGPollination of insect pollinated crops has been found to be correlated to pollinator abundance and diversity. Sin...

Article Alert: Pervasiveness of Parasites in Pollinators
PLoS ONE 7(1): e30641. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0030641Evison SEF, Roberts KE, Laurenson L, Pietravalle S, Hui J, et al.Many pollinator populations are declining, with large economic and ecological implicat...

New issue of the Status and Trends of European pollinators project newsletter
The second issue of the Status and Trends of European pollinators project newsletter has been published. It is publicly available at: http://www.step-project.net/img/uplf/STEP_Newsletter_2.pdf The issue contains infor...

Article alert: Understanding and planning ecological restoration of plant–pollinator networks
Ecology Letters. doi: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2012.01740.xDevoto, M., Bailey, S., Craze, P. and Memmott, J.Theory developed from studying changes in the structure and function of communities during natural or man...

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