Honey bees as bioindicators of changing global agricultural landscapes

Tyler P. Quigley, Gro V. Amdam, Gyan H. Harwood

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Abstract

There is a growing need to understand relationships between agricultural intensification and global change. Monitoring solutions, however, often do not include pollinator communities that are of importance to ecosystem integrity. Here, we put forth the honey bee as an economical and broadly available bioindicator that can be used to assess and track changes in the quality of agricultural ecosystems. We detail a variety of simple, low-cost procedures that can be deployed within honey bee hives to gain generalizable information about ecosystem quality at multiple scales, and discuss the potential of the honey bee system in both environmental and ecological bioindication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-137
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Insect Science
Volume35
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

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Honey bees as bioindicators of changing global agricultural landscapes. / Quigley, Tyler P.; Amdam, Gro V.; Harwood, Gyan H.

In: Current Opinion in Insect Science, Vol. 35, 01.10.2019, p. 132-137.

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