New paper in press on large bee diversity experiment

Five years after the first field season of my PhD, the central paper of it is finally in press in Ecology! We performed the first pollinator diversity experiment that had up to five bee species actually nesting in the cages together with the plant community they pollinated (that is, the most realistic truly experimental work on the topic so far). We found support for a positive effect of bee diversity, but seed production was far better explained by variables quantifying functional niche complementarity (coverage). Interestingly, the realized functional complementarity among bee species was mediated by interspecific interactions causing a niche shift. This sheds new light on the ecosystem service value of bee diversity and on the dynamics of plant-pollinator interaction networks. The preprint is available here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/12-1620.1

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