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FFL-JA-Forskningsmidlene for jordbruk og matindustri

Assessment of Pollination Provisioning in agricultural Landscapes and the roles of Environment and Climate on Resilience

Alternative title: Vurdering av pollinering av ville pollinatorer i fruktproduksjon og miljø- og klimas rolle i pollineringssystemets robusthet

Awarded: NOK 6.9 mill.

APPLECORe aims to understand better the value of bee diversity in fruit production in Norway that can help inform decisions about the management of wild bee habitats in fruit production landscapes. In this way, APPLECORe will contribute both to achieve the goals set in the Norwegian Wild Pollinator Strategy and those of the Norwegian fruit production industry. The APPLECORe project represents a partnership of international researchers, representatives from the Norwegian horticultural industry, and public agencies that will collectivity develop a research agenda built around three central research themes: 1. The first research theme is about ascertaining the relative pollination capabilities for wild and managed insect pollinator species for pome fruit production. Under this theme the project will explore the composition of pollinator assemblages, the floral resources that they use, and their relative performance as pollinators in early flowering fruit crops. 2. The second theme presents the application of novel molecular methods to infer pollen-mediated gene flow in the landscape and its role in improving fruit yield and quality. The method will also enable us identify landscape features and pollinator habitat management practices that can facilitate or hinder geneflow. 3. The third theme integrates data collected in the first two themes with existing data in biodiversity databases (such as Artskart at the Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre) to investigate the role of climate in regulating pollinator assemblages and make predictions for how changes in these pollinator assemblages resulting from climate change will effect pollination provisioning and fruit yields. The project will then use this information to produce national-level predictions of pollination provisioning and produce maps of risk of poor pollination services as a result of climate change.

The APPLECORe project represents a partnership of international researchers, representatives from the Norwegian horticultural industry, and public agencies that will collectivity develop a research agenda to assess the role of pollinator diversity in ensuring adequate pollination services for Norwegian fruit crops. The APPLECORe project consists of a series of activities built around three central research themes: * The first research theme, outlines a series of experiments with the goal of ascertaining the relative pollination capabilities for wild and managed pollinator species for pome fruit production. Under this theme the project will explore the composition of pollinator assemblages, the floral resources that they use, and their relative performance for pollination provisioning. * The second theme, presents the application of novel methods to analyse population genetics data to infer pollen-mediated gene flow in the landscape, its role in improving fruit yield and quality, and identify landscape features and management practices that can facilitate or hinder geneflow. * The third theme will integrate data collected from activites associated with the first two themes with existing data in biodiversity databases to investigate the role of climate in regulating pollinator assemblages and make predictions for how changes in these pollinator assemblages resulting from climate change will effect pollination provisioning and fruit yields. The project will then utilize this information to produce national-level predictions of pollination provisioning and produce maps of risk of poor pollination servicing as a result of climate change.

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FFL-JA-Forskningsmidlene for jordbruk og matindustri