During the last century humans have managed to enhance food production through several changes in agricultural methods, and as a consequence an important part of the biodiversity has been lost. Some species depend on each other in mutualistic networks, e.g. pollination, which means that a change in the occurrence or behavior of one species may have unpredictable effects in other species, that are either directly connected to that one, or indirectly, by interacting with the same species.
Pollinating insects and insect-pollinated plants are declining in the intensively farmed landscape. The aim of my research is to find ways of mitigating the decline of wild plant pollination in the agricultural landscape. I will try to determine if pollination networks are affected by the mass-occurrence of some species that are present in the farming landscape, and see if this has any effect on pollination success in wild plants. I also aim to find out if plants with different life strategies, i.e. generalists vs. specialists, are differently affected by changing networks.