Integrating spatially explicit molecular and ecological methods to explore the significance of non-crop vegetation to predators of brassica pests

@inproceedings{Heimoana2017IntegratingSE,
  title={Integrating spatially explicit molecular and ecological methods to explore the significance of non-crop vegetation to predators of brassica pests},
  author={Viliami Heimoana and Leigh J. Pilkington and Anantanarayanan Raman and Andrew Maxfield Mitchell and Helen I Nicol and Anne Caitlin Johnson and Geoff Michael Gurr},
  year={2017}
}
Abstract There is mounting evidence that non-crop vegetation can promote natural enemies of crop pests but most studies use only one or a few approaches to explore key processes. Here we integrate field sampling, insect marking, insecticide disruption, and molecular gut content analysis to explore the potential value of non-crop habitats to predators of brassica pests in temperate Australia. Twelve monthly surveys of 13 farms established that an exotic ladybird ( Hippodamia variegata ) and a… CONTINUE READING

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