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2009-07-01 - Article/Dans un journal avec peer-review - Anglais - 19 page(s)

Patiny Sébastien, Michez Denis , Rasmont Pierre , "Survey of wild bees in West-Palaearctic region" in Apidologie, 40, 313-331

  • Edition : Springer, Berlin (Germany)
  • Codes CREF : Entomologie (DI3163), Ecologie (DI3123)
  • Unités de recherche UMONS : Zoologie (S869)
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Abstract(s) :

(Anglais) Bees (a.k.a. Apoidea Anthophila) are among the main pollinators in most ecosystems. The yearly value of the ecological services provided worldwide by pollinators reaches more than euro150 billion. As in many other groups, the erosion of bee diversity is now a well-assessed reality. However, quantification of the phenomenon, including the assessment of its extent and severity has been lacking for a long time. In the West-Palaearctic, the decrease in wild bees has been highlighted in several studies over the last few decades. Specifically, the plight of a few populations of bees in Europe has been measured and assessed. In this paper, we review the state of the knowledge of bee diversity in the West-Palaearctic. We present the available resources usable for estimation of the extinction risk in West-Palaearctic bees. We also point out the work that is needed to outline a holistic picture of West-Palaearctic bee diversity. We conclude by suggesting that former initiatives should be integral in developing the framework of a subregion-wide monitoring program for bees.

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  • ISSN : 0044-8435
  • DOI : 10.1051/apido/2009028