Bee diversity and abundance in cranberry agriculture
Claudia Maria Ratti, firstname.lastname@example.org and Mark Winston, email@example.com. Simon Fraser University, Biological Sciences, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, BC, Canada
The survival of wild bees is of concern for agricultural ecosystems, since crop yields may be negatively affected by insufficient native pollinators. Bee diversity and abundance were assessed in commercial cranberry bogs in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, Canada. Pan-trapping was used during crop bloom to assess populations of managed honey bees, and wild bumble and other bees. Bee populations were analysed with respect to distance from the edge of the field, percent cranberry yield and average berry weight.
Species 1: Hymenoptera Apoidea Bombusmelanopygus (bumble bees) Species 2: Hymenoptera Apoidea Apismellifera (honey bees) Species 3: Hymenoptera Apoidea Megachilerotundata (leaf cutter bees) Keywords: berry production, wild pollinators