The aim of this PhD project is to establish the degree to which
linear landscape features in an agricultural setting facilitate
the movement of foraging pollinators and consequent gene flow between
patches of plants.
The linear features considered have been hedges and roads, and
their potential guiding or barrier effects have been investigated
with regards to pollinator movement and plant gene flow. The bee
pollinated species Trifolium repens, white clover (Fabaceae) has
been used as the experimental plant species. Consequently, due to
its pollination style, predominantly bee movement has been investigated.
A summary of my PhD project is shown in this figure below.
a more detailed image (1142 x 850)
T., Smith,A. D., Reynolds,D. R., and Osborne, J. L. 2005. Tracking
butterfly flight paths across the landscape with harmonic radar.
Proceedings of the Royal Society 272: 785-790. (Acrobat 682KB)