Virtual Issue: Pollinator Ecology

To celebrate a joint meeting on the subject of bee health hosted by the Biochemical Society, the British Ecological Society and the Society for Experimental Biology in January 2014, the BES has compiled this virtual issue on Pollinator Ecology. The papers below are drawn from all five journals and provide examples of the latest research in pollinator ecology from flower visitation and ecosystem services, to the effects of invasive pollinators, agriculture, pesticides and bee pathogens. We hope that this selection of papers will be of interest to researchers and stakeholders in this highly topical field.

REVIEW: Towards a systems approach for understanding honeybee decline: a stocktaking and synthesis of existing models
Matthias A. Becher, Juliet L. Osborne, Pernille Thorbek, Peter J. Kennedy and Volker Grimm

Quantifying the impacts of bioenergy crops on pollinating insect abundance and diversity: a field-scale evaluation reveals taxon-specific responses
Dara A. Stanley and Jane C. Stout

REVIEW: An overview of the environmental risks posed by neonicotinoid insecticides
Dave Goulson

FORUM: Landscape-scale conservation: collaborative agri-environment schemes could benefit both biodiversity and ecosystem services, but will farmers be willing to participate?
Ailsa J. McKenzie, Steven B. Emery, Jeremy R. Franks and Mark J. Whittingham

Food production vs. biodiversity: comparing organic and conventional agriculture
Doreen Gabriel, Steven M. Sait, William E. Kunin and Tim G. Benton

Influence of combined pesticide and parasite exposure on bumblebee colony traits in the laboratory  
Aline Fauser-Misslin, Ben M. Sadd, Peter Neumann and Christoph Sandrock

Impact of chronic exposure to a pyrethroid pesticide on bumblebees and interactions with a trypanosome parasite
Baron, Gemma; Raine, Nigel; Brown, Mark

The Trojan hives: pollinator pathogens, imported and distributed in bumblebee colonies
Peter Graystock, Kathryn Yates, Sophie E. F. Evison, Ben Darvill, Dave Goulson and William O. H. Hughes


Grazing alters insect visitation networks and plant mating systems
A.J. Vanbergen, B.A. Woodcock, A. Gray, F. Grant, A. Telford, P. Lambdon, D. S. Chapman, R. F. Pywell, M.S. Heard and S. Cavers

Quantifying variation among garden plants in attractiveness to bees and other flower-visiting insects
Mihail Garbuzov and Francis L. W. Ratnieks

Nutrition affects survival in African honeybees (Apis mellifera scutellata) exposed to interacting stressors
C. R. Archer, C. W. W. Pirk, G. A. Wright and S. W. Nicolson

Flower movement increases pollinator preference for flowers with better grip
Katrina Alcorn, Heather Whitney and Beverley Glover

Intra- and interpopulational variation in the ability of a solitary bee species to develop on non-host pollen: implications for host range expansion
Mare Haider, Silvia Dorn and Andreas Müller

How does a floral colour-changing species differ from its noncolour-changing congener? – a comparison of trait combinations and their effects on pollination
Miki F. Suzuki and Kazuharu Ohashi

Pollen mixing in pollen generalist solitary bees: a possible strategy to complement or mitigate unfavourable pollen properties?
Michael Eckhardt, Mare Haider, Silvia Dorn and Andreas Müller

The importance of landscape and spatial structure for hymenopteran-based food webs in an agro-ecosystem
Yvonne Fabian, Nadine Sandau, Odile T. Bruggisser, Alex Aebi, Patrik Kehrli, Rudolf P. Rohr, Russell E. Naisbit and Louis-Félix Bersier

The invasion of southern South America by imported bumblebees and associated parasites
Regula Schmid-Hempel, Michael Eckhardt, David Goulson, Daniel Heinzmann, Carlos Lange, Santiago Plischuk, Luisa Ruz Escudero, Rahel Salathé, Jessica J Scriven and Paul Schmid-Hempel

Dose-dependent effects of nectar alkaloids in a montane plant–pollinator community
Jessamyn S. Manson, Daniel Cook, Dale R. Gardner and Rebecca E. Irwin

Nectar thieves influence reproductive fitness by altering behaviour of nectar robbers and legitimate pollinators in Corydalis ambigua (Fumariaceae)
Yan-Wen Zhang, Ji-Min Zhao and David W. Inouye

Beyond nectar sweetness: the hidden ecological role of non-protein amino acids in nectar
Massimo Nepi

Honey bee risk assessment: new approaches for in vitro larvae rearing and data analyses
Harmen P. Hendriksma, Stephan Härtel and Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter

Why flower visitation is a poor proxy for pollination: measuring single-visit pollen deposition, with implications for pollination networks and conservation
Caroline King, Gavin Ballantyne and Pat G. Willmer

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