Disturbance promotes native bee biodiversity in a southwestern ponderosa pine forest
Native bees are critical components of ecosystems where they provide an estimated 85% of pollination services. In recent decades, reports of global decline in bee populations have drawn concern from conservationists, compelling the need for further research on the drivers and mechanisms influencing the diminishment of native bee populations. In ponderosa pine ecosystems, land management tactics of the late 19th and early 20th century, particularly fire suppression policies, promoted dense stand structures with closed canopies, a suppressed understory, and increased surface fuel loadings. Forest ...
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