Alternative food improves the combined effect of an omnivore and a predator on biological pest control. A case study in avocado orchards.

@article{GonzlezFernndez2009AlternativeFI,
  title={Alternative food improves the combined effect of an omnivore and a predator on biological pest control. A case study in avocado orchards.},
  author={Jorge J. Gonz{\'a}lez-Fern{\'a}ndez and Francisco de la Pe{\~n}a and Jos{\'e} I. Hormaza and Juan R. Boyero and Jos{\'e} Miguel Vela and Eunice Sau-ping Wong and Mar{\'i}a del Mar Trigo and Marta Montserrat},
  journal={Bulletin of entomological research},
  year={2009},
  volume={99 5},
  pages={433-44}
}
Ecological communities used in biological pest control are usually represented as three-trophic level food chains with top-down control. However, at least two factors complicate this simple way of characterizing agricultural communities. First, agro-ecosystems are composed of several interacting species forming complicated food webs. Second, the structure of agricultural communities may vary in time. Efficient pest management approaches need to integrate these two factors to generate better… CONTINUE READING
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