Woodcock, B.A.; Edwards, M.E.; Pywell, R.F. (2020). Species traits and derivation of hairiness of oilseed rape pollinators. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. (Dataset). https://doi.org/10.5285/f09a0ada-b5c6-4dd9-9c7b-2fed23ab79b1
The dataset describes the functional effects traits derived for 57 taxonomic units (species, genus and family level classifications) of oilseed rape insect pollinators. This data provides information on both morphological and behavioural traits, typically at the species level, but also at a generic and functional group level.
We derived behavioural and morphological traits that had a high likelihood of affecting the success and rate with which pollen is transferred to the stigmas of oilseed rape (effect traits). These traits were: 1) body length; 2-6) quantification of behavioural interactions with oilseed rape flowers (e.g. time spent on flowers, pollen foraging and dry pollen on bodies); Trait 7) an index of overall body hairiness; Traits 8-14) morphological characteristics affecting pollen retention on bodies linked to the presence of corbicula and scopa; Trait 14-15) pollen availability dictated by whether or not pollen is carried within bee crops; Trait 15) mouthpart structure. Traits 8-15 are associated with bees, however, their absence will affect the pollen carrying capacity for non-bee species and as such are relevant cross taxon effect traits.
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Woodcock, B. A., Garratt, M. P. D., Powney, G. D., Shaw, R. F., Osborne, J. L., Saroka, J., . . . Pywell, R. F. (2019). Meta-analysis reveals that pollinator functional diversity and abundance enhance crop pollination and yield. Nature Communications41467-019-09393-6s, 10, 1481