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Efficacy and economics of shelter habitats for conservation biological control

Griffiths b, Alastair Baile, Georgianne J.K., Holland, John M., Bailey, Alastair S, Thomas, Matthew B. (2008) Efficacy and economics of shelter habitats for conservation biological control. Biological Control, 45 . pp. 200-209. ISSN 1049-9644. (doi:10.1016/j.biocontrol.2007.09.002) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Provision and manipulation of shelter habitat features within the agroecosystem provide a strategy for enhancing the effectiveness of natural enemies for biological pest control. Evidence from numerous studies indicates that aspects of natural-enemy diversity, abundance and distribution can all be affected by shelter habitats. However, data demonstrating impacts on pest populations and crop yield are few. Accordingly, voluntary adoption of this approach to conservation biocontrol has been limited. We argue that utility of the approach could be enhanced through an improved mechanistic understanding of the relationship between biodiversity of natural enemies and resulting pest control function, including an understanding of the influence of local ecological context and spatial and temporal scale. We also identify the need to consider socio-economic as well as ecological factors to better understand and manage adoption of such conservation biocontrol technologies

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.biocontrol.2007.09.002
Uncontrolled keywords: Biocontrol; Biodiversity–ecosystem function; Cost–benefit; Economics; Natural enemies; Scale
Subjects: S Agriculture
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Alastair Bailey
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2018 21:01 UTC
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 08:38 UTC
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