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Benefits of Biotic Pollination for Non-Timber Forest Products and Cultivated Plants

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dc.contributor.author Rehel, Shiny
dc.contributor.author Varghese, Anita
dc.contributor.author Bradbear, Nicola
dc.contributor.author Davidar, Pria
dc.contributor.author Roberts, Stuart
dc.contributor.author Roy, Pratim
dc.contributor.author Potts, Simon G.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-10T20:19:20Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-10T20:19:20Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10535/6020
dc.description.abstract "Biodiversity supplies multiple goods and services to society and is critical for the support of livelihoods across the globe. Many indigenous people depend upon non-timber forest products (NTFP) and crops for a range of goods including food, medicine, fibre and construction materials. However, the dependency of these products on biotic pollination services is poorly understood. We used the biologically and culturally diverse Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve in India to characterise the types of NTFP and crop products of 213 plant species and asses their degree of dependency on animal pollination. We found that 80 per cent of all species benefited from animal pollination in their reproduction, and that 62 per cent of crop products and 40 per cent of NTFP benefited from biotic pollination in their production. Further we identified the likely pollinating taxa documented as responsible for the production of these products, mainly bees and other insects. A lower proportion of indigenous plant products (39 per cent) benefited from biotic pollination than products from introduced plants (61 per cent). We conclude that pollinators play an important role in the livelihoods of people in this region." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject biodiversity en_US
dc.subject bees en_US
dc.subject crops en_US
dc.title Benefits of Biotic Pollination for Non-Timber Forest Products and Cultivated Plants en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.subject.sector Wildlife en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Conservation and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 7 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 213-219 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 3 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth July-September en_US


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