Open Access Undergraduate Student Work
Type of Work
Recent trends in land management practices have led to dramatic population decline in bees and other insect pollinators (Cameron et al. 2011). Concerns about “Colony Collapse Disorder” in domestic honeybees, for example, have received widespread high-profile attention in the scientific community. While concerns have centered mainly on the domestic honeybee, native bees also provide indispensable, cost-free pollination services to crops production. Despite the value of native bee species, little is known about them in the Midwest region, and recent studies suggest their populations may be in decline specifically due to a lack of native vegetation in this highly agricultural landscape. Vegetable farms and lands managed for cellulosic biofuels have the potential to provide usable habitat, but their utility is not well understood.
Date of Work
Department of Biology
Tallgrass Prairie Center
UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
©2015 Andrew Ridgway, Ai Wen, Kenneth Elgersma
Ridgway, Andrew J.; Wen, Ai; and Elgersma, Kenneth, "Density and Diversity of Bees in the Midwestern Agricultural Landscape: Influence of Surrounding Agricultural Land Use and Biofuel Candidate Crops" (2015). Undergraduate Student Work. 29.