Dr James Cresswell, Exeter
'Evaluating the resilience of insect-pollinated crops to bee declines; it's the botany, stupid'
To set fruit, meliferous crops (with nectar-bearing flowers) need pollination, not bees. But how much? Using examples from cranberries, pumpkins and oilseed rape, I explore the accountancy of pollen, ovules and fruit. Based on new data from an EU-wide study, I evaluate the sustainability of European crops in changing landscapes.