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Landscape Complexity Impacts on Aphids and Their Natural Enemies

Presented at SCI Members' Forum 2013 on 19 Nov 2013

Victoria J. Wickens, Mike P. Garratt, Alison P. Bailey and Simon G. Potts - University of Reading

Abstract

Ecosystems provide many services, such as pest regulation. Pest control can utilise natural enemies to suppress pests from reaching critical economic thresholds. Increasingly intensified agricultural landscapes and reduced landscape diversity has reduced natural pest regulation. The provision of semi-natural habitats can enhance predator-prey interactions through increased spill-over effects and connectivity between populations.