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j.apicultural_research_oct18.jpgAssessment of the response of pollinator abundance to environmental pressures using structured expert elicitation

Barons, Martine J., Hanea, Anca M., Wright, Sophia K., Baldock, Katherine C. R., Wilfert, Lena, Chandler, Dave, Datta, Samik, Fannon, Jessica, Hartfield, Chris, Lucas, Andrew, Ollerton, Jeff, Potts, Simon G. and Carreck, Norman L

For policy-makers wishing to make evidence-based decisions which will best support pollinator abundance and pollination services, one of the problems faced is how to access the information and evidence they need, and how to combine it to formulate and evaluate candidate policies. The pressures affecting the survival and pollination capabilities of honey bees, wild bees, and other pollinators are well documented, but incomplete. In order to estimate the potential effectiveness of various candidate policy choices, there is an urgent need to quantify the effect of various combinations of factors on the pollination ecosystem service. Here we report and discuss the outputs of the novel use of a structured expert elicitation, designed to quantify the probability of good pollinator abundance given a variety of weather, disease, and habitat scenarios.
Journal of Apicultural Research. October 2018

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