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Cereal aphids and their natural enemies: responses to landscape composition and agri-environment schemes

Wickens, V., Garratt, M., Bailey, A. and Potts, S. G. (2013) Cereal aphids and their natural enemies: responses to landscape composition and agri-environment schemes. Aspects of Applied Biology, 121. pp. 187-192. ISSN 0265-1491

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Abstract/Summary

There are potential conflicts between food security, biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services. Currently, there are still gaps in our understanding on the links between land use, biodiversity and ecosystem services; all have implications for sustainable agriculture. To improve food productivity in an ecologically friendly manner we should consider adapting current pest control techniques from being reliant on chemical means towards a more integrated approach. However, to do this, farmers and land owners require more information in order to make informed decisions. This brief review explores field level and landscape scale impacts on aphid control by their natural enemies. This will be done by exploring the effects of local field margin flower strips and two key landscape scale factors, winter wheat and lowland calcareous grasslands on aphids and their natural enemies. Research questions which need answering are discussed.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Biodiversity, Crops and Agroecosystems Division > Centre for Agri-environmental Research (CAER)
ID Code:37163
Uncontrolled Keywords:Agriculture, Ecosystem Service, Natural-Enemy, Spatial Scale
Publisher:Association of Applied Biologists

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