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Climate and biological control in organic crops

Stacey, D. A. (2003) Climate and biological control in organic crops. International Journal of Pest Management, 49 (3). pp. 205-214. ISSN 0967-0874

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/0967087031000085042

Abstract/Summary

Organic farming has increased in popularity in recent years, primarily as a response to the perceived health and conservation benefits. While it is likely that conventional farming will be able to respond rapidly to variations in pest numbers and distribution resulting from climatic change, it is not clear if the same is true for organic farming. Few studies have looked at the responses of biological control organisms to climate change. Here, I review the direct and indirect eects of changes in temperature, atmospheric carbon dioxide and other climatic factors on the predators, parasitoids and pathogens of pest insects in temperate agriculture. Finally, I consider what research is needed to manage the anticipated change in pest insect dynamics and distributions.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences
ID Code:10879
Uncontrolled Keywords:biological control, climate change, insect pests, IPM, natural enemies, organic farming, pesticides, ELEVATED ATMOSPHERIC CO2, INSECT HERBIVORE INTERACTIONS, NATURAL, ENEMIES, BEAUVERIA-BASSIANA, WINTER-WHEAT, BENEFICIAL ARTHROPODS, SPECIES COMPOSITION, ERYNIA-NEOAPHIDIS, ORIUS-LAEVIGATUS, ENTOMOPATHOGENIC FUNGUS

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