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Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology

FarmerBeeWild

Pollinator-friendly agricultural landscapes (2022-2024)

Funding: Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL)
Project Management Agency: Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE)

> Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter       > Andrea Holzschuh     >  Denise Bertleff     >  Eva Studnicka

Summary

Various agricultural policy instruments (e.g. greening) and compensation payments for environmentally-friendly management (e.g. KULAP) aim to counteract the decline in insects. However, their effectiveness in promoting pollinator diversity has hardly been studied and especially data on landscape level and on interactions between measures are lacking. The aim of this project is to (1) assess the pollinator situation of Bavaria's agricultural landscapes, (2) evaluate the success of current measures in promoting wild bees and pollination services, and (3) make recommendations on which combinations of practicable measures can be used to make agricultural landscapes more bee-friendly in the future.