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Biodiversity Online J

Pollinator Diversity and Abundance in a Pea Crop (Pisum Sativa L.) from Valladolid (Spain)

Submission: December 10, 2021 Published: uary 23, 2022


The present work assesses the diversity of pollinators in a pea (Pisum sativum L) crop from La Overuela (Valladolid, Spain). It is based on samplings carried out in 2008 that combined visual observations and the use of sweeping nets. The field work identified a total of 317 individuals, belonging to 25 genera and 42 species. The most abundant species discovered are Eucera codinai Dusmet and Alonso, 1926 with 46.68% and Xylocopa violacea (L. 1758) with 19.87% of abundance. Moreover, the phenological analysis clearly confirms there is a relationship between plant growth stages and the presence of pollinators in a crop commonly considered to be self-pollinating. This demonstrates the important role that pollinators play in pea cross-pollination.

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