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Opportunities and challenges in Asian bee research and conservation

Warrit, N and Ascher, J and Basu, P and Belavadi, V and Brockmann, A and Buchori, D and Dorey, JB and Hughes, A and Krishnan, S and Ngo, HT and Williams, P and Zhu, C-D and Abrol, D and Bawa, K and Bhatta, C and Borges, RM and Bossert, S and Cervancia, C and Chatthanabun, N and Chesters, D and Chinh, PH and Devkota, K and Duc, HP and Ferrari, R and Garibaldi, L and Ge, J and Ghosh, D and Huang, D and Jung, C and Klein, A-M and Koch, JBU and Krichilsky, E and Kunte, K and Ling, TC and Liu, S and Liu, X and Luo, A and Luo, S and Mu, J and Nidup, T and Niu, Z and Nur-Zati, AM and Olsson, SB and Otis, GW and Ouyang, F and Peng, Y-Q and Priawandiputra, W and Proshchalykin, M and Raffiudin, R and Rameshkumar, A and Ren, Z and Suruliraj, A and Sane, S and Shi, X and Sinu, PA and Smith, DR and Soh, ZWW and Somananthan, H and Sritongchuay, T and Stewart, AB and Sun, C and Tang, M and Thanoosing, C and Tscharntke, T and Vereecken, N and Wang, S and Wayo, K and Wongsiri, S and Zhou, X and Xie, Z and Zhang, D and Zou, Y and Zu, P and Orr, M (2023) Opportunities and challenges in Asian bee research and conservation. In: Biological Conservation, 285 .

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The challenges of bee research in Asia are unique and severe, reflecting different cultures, landscapes, and faunas. Strategies and frameworks developed in North America or Europe may not prove applicable. Virtually none of these species have been assessed by the IUCN and there is a paucity of public data on even the basics of bee distribution. If we do not know the species present, their distribution and threats, we cannot protect them, but our knowledge base is vanishingly small in Asia compared to the rest of the world. To better understand and meet these challenges, this perspective conveys the ideas accumulated over hundreds of years of cumulative study of Asian bees by the authors, including academic, governmental, and other researchers from 13 Asian countries and beyond. We outline the special circumstances of Asian bee research and the current state of affairs, highlight the importance of highly social species as flagships for the lesser-known solitary bees, the dire need for further research for food security, and identify target research areas in need of further study. Finally, we outline a framework via which we will catalyze future research in the region, especially via governmental and other partnerships necessary to effectively conserve species. © 2023 The Author(s)

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Biological Conservation
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to the Authors.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2023 11:23
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2023 11:23
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/83086

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