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Food in a row: urban trees offer valuable floral resources to pollinating insects

Subject

Plant-pollinator dynamics

Subject detail

This study examined the value of common trees planted in Western European urban environments for pollinators. Indicating that trees should not be forgotten when designing planting for pollinators.

Author/lead

Laurent Somme et al.

Publication Source

Urban Ecosystems

Site category

Business parks, Cemeteries/churchyards, Parks, Private gardens, Public gardens, Verges

Type of content

Peer reviewed research paper

Year of Publication

2016


Methods

Data collection - ecological

Methods Detail

Nine tree urban tree species (Acers, Buckeyes, Robina and Lindens) were sampled for resources for pollibators: pollen protein content and nectar composition.

Recommendation

Resources for pollinators

Recommendation Detail

Urban tree flowers provide nectar with relatively high sugar contents and should be considered for pollinators.

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