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Augmenting flower trait diversity in wildflower strips to optimise the conservation of arthropod functional groups for multiple agroecosystem services
Results obtained here show that the inclusion of functionally diverse wildflower species was associated with an augmented availability of floral resources across time, and this increased the abundance of bees and anthocorids throughout the crop season. Expand
Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats: A SWOT analysis of the ecosystem services framework
The ecosystem services concept (ES) is becoming a cornerstone of contemporary sustainability thought. Challenges with this concept and its applications are well documented, but have not yet beenExpand
Associations of Dragonflies (Odonata) to Habitat Variables within the Maltese Islands: A Spatio-Temporal Approach
  • M. Balzan
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Journal of insect science
  • 25 July 2012
Investigation of how odonate assemblage structure and diversity are associated with habitat variables of local breeding habitats and the surrounding agricultural landscapes finds that lentic and lotic seminatural waterbodies were more diverse than agricultural reservoirs and brackish habitats. Expand
Flowers to selectively enhance the fitness of a host-feeding parasitoid: Adult feeding by Tuta absoluta and its parasitoid Necremnus artynes
The impact of non-host resources on host-parasitoid interactions and the potential for using selective food resources in conservation biological control of the exotic pest T. absoluta are explored. Expand
Utilisation of plant functional diversity in wildflower strips for the delivery of multiple agroecosystem services
Evidence is provided that inclusion of non‐crop plant resources in agroecosystems can improve the conservation of beneficial arthropods and may lead to increased crop productivity. Expand
How are cities planning to respond to climate change? : Assessment of local climate plans from 885 cities in the EU-28
The Paris Agreement aims to limit global mean temperature rise this century to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels. This target has wide-ranging implications for Europe and its cities, whichExpand
Landscape complexity and field margin vegetation diversity enhance natural enemies and reduce herbivory by Lepidoptera pests on tomato crop
Margin vegetation diversity was higher in landscapes with lower arable land cover, and was associated with increased floral resources and enemy diversity, with the latter being negatively related to T. absoluta-caused fruit injury. Expand
Management strategies for the control of Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) damage in open‐field cultivations of processing tomato in Tuscany (Italy)
Monitoring fluctuations in adult populations of T. absoluta in organic and conventional cultivations of processing tomatoes using pheromone lures and data on direct yield loss and fruit damage from larval feeding in two separate trials in Grosseto (Tuscany) shows relatively higher crop damage for tomatoes transplanted later in the season and harvested towards the end of August to early September. Expand
The interplay of landscape composition and configuration: new pathways to manage functional biodiversity and agroecosystem services across Europe.
In landscapes with high edge density, 70% of pollinator and 44% of natural enemy species reached highest abundances and pollination and pest control improved 1.7- and 1.4-fold respectively, suggesting that enhancing edge density in European agroecosystems can promote functional biodiversity and yield-enhancing ecosystem services. Expand
Field margin vegetation enhances biological control and crop damage suppression from multiple pests in organic tomato fields
Comparing the effectiveness of sown flower strips with semi‐natural margins in regulating natural enemy abundance, biocontrol, and crop damage indicates that the inclusion of flower strips enhances the conservation of arthropod functional diversity in ephemeral crops. Expand