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1 April 2015 An Economic Valuation of Biotic Pollination Services in Georgia
Ashley S. Barfield, John C. Bergstrom, Susana Ferreira, Alan P. Covich, Keith S. Delaplane
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As agriculture faces documented decline in bees and other insect pollinators, empirical assessments of potential economic losses are critical for contextualizing the impacts of this decline and for prioritizing research needs. For the state of Georgia, we show that the annual economic value of biotic pollinators is substantial—US$367 million, equivalent to 13 percent of the total production value of crops studied and 3 percent of the total production value of Georgia's agricultural sector. Our unique Geographic Information Systems analysis reveals an irregular pattern of vulnerability. While the Georgia counties displaying the highest economic values of pollination are clustered in southern Georgia, those with the highest dependency on pollinators in terms of their contribution to crop production value are more dispersed throughout the state.

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Ashley S. Barfield, John C. Bergstrom, Susana Ferreira, Alan P. Covich, and Keith S. Delaplane "An Economic Valuation of Biotic Pollination Services in Georgia," Journal of Economic Entomology 108(2), 388-398, (1 April 2015). https://doi.org/10.1093/jee/tou045
Received: 21 February 2014; Accepted: 4 November 2014; Published: 1 April 2015
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agriculture
Apis mellifera
bee population
Geographic Information System
pollination value
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