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Value and benefit distribution of pollination services provided by bats in the production of cactus fruits in central Mexico

Value and benefit distribution of pollination services provided by bats in the production of cactus fruits in central Mexico
Value and benefit distribution of pollination services provided by bats in the production of cactus fruits in central Mexico
Despite providing important ecosystem services in both natural and agricultural systems in the tropics, bats are often disregarded or considered pests; and research quantifying their importance as pollinators is scarce. We quantified the value and benefit distribution of bat pollination in the production of a major fruit crop in Mexico (pitayas, Stenocereus queretaroensis). We used exclusion experiments to quantify the effect of bat pollinators on crop yield and quality. We then used yield analysis to assess the market value of pollination services, combined with value chain analysis to assess the distribution of these economic benefits among actors. Bat pollination services to pitaya production are worth approximately US$2,500 per ha through increases in both fruit yield and size, with bats contributing around 40% of gross income across producers. Participation in the pitaya value chain provides a key seasonal source of cash income at a time of low agricultural activity, supporting livelihoods and household activities of the rural poor. However, the commercialisation of the pitaya has concentrated economic benefits with privileged groups who have access to land and markets. Our novel approach to valuing pollination services is transferable to other crops and pollinator species to demonstrate disaggregated socio-economic consequences of losing pollinators.
Cash crop, Columnar cactus, Economic valuation, Ecosystem services, Leptonycteris, Stenocereus queretaroensis, Value chain
2212-0416
Tremlett, Constance Jane
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Peh, Kelvin S.-H.
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Tremlett, Constance Jane, Peh, Kelvin S.-H., Zamora-Gutierrez, Veronica and Schaafsma, Marije (2021) Value and benefit distribution of pollination services provided by bats in the production of cactus fruits in central Mexico. Ecosystem Services, 47, [101197]. (doi:10.1016/j.ecoser.2020.101197).

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Abstract

Despite providing important ecosystem services in both natural and agricultural systems in the tropics, bats are often disregarded or considered pests; and research quantifying their importance as pollinators is scarce. We quantified the value and benefit distribution of bat pollination in the production of a major fruit crop in Mexico (pitayas, Stenocereus queretaroensis). We used exclusion experiments to quantify the effect of bat pollinators on crop yield and quality. We then used yield analysis to assess the market value of pollination services, combined with value chain analysis to assess the distribution of these economic benefits among actors. Bat pollination services to pitaya production are worth approximately US$2,500 per ha through increases in both fruit yield and size, with bats contributing around 40% of gross income across producers. Participation in the pitaya value chain provides a key seasonal source of cash income at a time of low agricultural activity, supporting livelihoods and household activities of the rural poor. However, the commercialisation of the pitaya has concentrated economic benefits with privileged groups who have access to land and markets. Our novel approach to valuing pollination services is transferable to other crops and pollinator species to demonstrate disaggregated socio-economic consequences of losing pollinators.

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Tremlett et al_Value and distribution of pollination services provided by bats in the production of cactus fruits in central Mexico - Accepted Manuscript
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Submitted date: 10 July 2020
Accepted/In Press date: 21 September 2020
e-pub ahead of print date: 30 November 2020
Published date: 1 February 2021
Keywords: Cash crop, Columnar cactus, Economic valuation, Ecosystem services, Leptonycteris, Stenocereus queretaroensis, Value chain

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Local EPrints ID: 444167
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/444167
ISSN: 2212-0416
PURE UUID: dab51d17-ff4f-4bee-ba98-74dd53401967
ORCID for Kelvin S.-H. Peh: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2921-1341
ORCID for Marije Schaafsma: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0878-069X

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Date deposited: 30 Sep 2020 16:30
Last modified: 30 Nov 2021 05:01

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Author: Constance Jane Tremlett
Author: Veronica Zamora-Gutierrez

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