Woodcock, B.A.; Edwards, M.E.; Pywell, R.F.

Species traits and derivation of hairiness of oilseed rape pollinators

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.

Data acquisition was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) under research programme NE/N018125/1 Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems (ASSIST). ASSIST is an initiative jointly supported by NERC and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Publication date: 2020-02-11

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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.


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 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-09393-6

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Dr. Ben Woodcock
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Maclean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford
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Woodcock, B.A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Edwards, M.E.
Independent consultant
Pywell, R.F.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

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Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems,  Andrena cineraria Andrena dorsata Andrena fulva Andrena miranda Andrena scotica Andrena sp. Andrena thaspii Animal behaviour Anthophora sp Apis mellifera ASSIST,  Athalia rosae Bibio marci Biodiversity Bombus borealis Bombus flavifrons Bombus frigidus Bombus hortorum Bombus hypnorum Bombus impatiens Bombus jonellus Bombus lapidarius Bombus melanopygus Bombus nevadensis Bombus pascuorum Bombus pratorum Bombus Psithyrus sp,  Bombus rufocinctus Bombus soroeensis Bombus subterraneus Bombus sylvarum Bombus ternarius Bombus terricola Bombus vagans Brassica napus Ceratina sp Chloromyia sp Environmental survey Episyrphus balteatus Eristalis spp Eucera chinensis Halictus sp Helophilus spp Hylaeus sp Lassiglossum spp,  Managing the impacts of farming on the environment Mapping Megachile sp Melanostoma spp Nomada sp Osmia sp Platycheirus sp Polistes sp Pollination Pollinators Pseudopanurgus parvus Sphaerophoria spp Sphecodes sp Syritta pipiens Syrphus ribesii Syrphus vitripennis
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/N018125/1
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