Pollination services and agroecosystems: searching for sustainability?

2010-08-23 - 2010-08-23

Seminar with Professor Claire Kremen, Monday August 23, 2010, 14.00-15.00.

Traditionally, agriculture relied on inputs and ecosystem services that derived directly from the agro-ecosystem and the surrounding landscapes.

Industrial-scale agriculture, however, tends to replace ecosystem services with off-farm inputs, and pollination services are no exception.

In this seminar, Professor Claire Kremen, will show how large-scale agriculture has come to rely on importing large numbers of honey bees, sometimes for thousands of kilometers, to farm fields for pollination.

She will discuss recent colony losses in honey bees, and then present results on wild (native) bee pollinators and their responses to industrial-scale agriculture, to ask the question, can wild pollinators take up the slack?

Finally, Kremen will suggest how we can make pollination services more sustainable, and how, in like manner, we could enhance overall agricultural sustainability.

About Professor Kremen
Claire Kremen is a Professor at Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at University of California, Berkeley.

She studies ecosystem services with the goal to identify and conserve the species that provide important benefits to humans and has a particular focus on pollination. She also analyses how we may in general reconcile human resource use with biodiversity conservation.

Time and place
Monday August 23, 2010, 14.00 - 15.00

Linné Hall, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences,
Lilla Frescativägen 4, Stockholm


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