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A global synthesis reveals biodiversity-mediated benefits for crop production

  • Matteo Dainese
  • Henrik G. Smith
  • Georg K.S. Andersson
  • Johan Ekroos
  • Björn Klatt
  • Lovisa Nilsson
  • Maj Rundlöf
  • Rebecca Stewart
  • Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter
Publishing year: 2019
Language: English
Publication/Series: Science Advances
Volume: 5
Issue: 10
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Abstract english

Human land use threatens global biodiversity and compromises multiple ecosystem functions critical to food production. Whether crop yield-related ecosystem services can be maintained by a few dominant species or rely on high richness remains unclear. Using a global database from 89 studies (with 1475 locations), we partition the relative importance of species richness, abundance, and dominance for pollination; biological pest control; and final yields in the context of ongoing land-use change. Pollinator and enemy richness directly supported ecosystem services in addition to and independent of abundance and dominance. Up to 50% of the negative effects of landscape simplification on ecosystem services was due to richness losses of service-providing organisms, with negative consequences for crop yields. Maintaining the biodiversity of ecosystem service providers is therefore vital to sustain the flow of key agroecosystem benefits to society. Copyright © 2019 The Authors, some rights reserved; exclusive licensee American Association for the Advancement of Science. No claim to original U.S. Government Works. Distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial License 4.0 (CC BY-NC).


  • Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
  • Biodiversity
  • Crops
  • Cultivation
  • Forestry
  • Land use
  • Biological pest controls
  • Dominant species
  • Ecosystem functions
  • Ecosystem services
  • Food production
  • Global synthesis
  • Service-providing
  • Species richness
  • Ecosystems


  • ISSN: 2375-2548