Shade trees decrease pest abundances on brassica crops in Kenya

  title={Shade trees decrease pest abundances on brassica crops in Kenya},
  author={Sol{\`e}ne Guenat and Riikka Kaartinen and Mattias Jonsson},
  journal={Agroforestry Systems},
Agroforestry practices may mitigate the current loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services due to deforestation and agricultural intensification. To examine the effects of agroforestry on the ecosystem service of pest regulation, we assessed pest abundances and biological control potential in shaded and open kale (Brassica oleracea L. acephala) fields in Western Kenya. Specifically, we compared the abundance of pest aphids and caterpillars, ground-dwelling ants, spiders and predatory beetles… CONTINUE READING
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