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Booktitle:

Plant-aphid-natural enemy relations and intraguild interaction

Insect diversity and Intraguild interaction

LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing (2012-05-17 )

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ISBN-13:

978-3-659-10778-8

ISBN-10:
3659107786
EAN:
9783659107788
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
To promote the perennial and ubiquitous stinging nettle as a profitable source for aphid management programs in agro-ecosystems, it is of primary importance that the diversity and seasonal abundance of aphids and their natural enemies are known. For this purpose, agricultural and semi-natural habitats were investigated over two full cropping seasons in Gembloux, Belgium. Our field data support the strategies aimed to exploit stinging nettle habitats as important reservoir for aphidophagous insects that tended to occur early on this marginal plant, before attacking aphids in adjacent field crops. Moreover, our findings suggest that stinging nettle habitat offers many important requisites for the survival of natural enemies, such as alternative prey that are not available persistently in annual cultures. Our data on the spatial distribution of aphid predators have identified varied influences, such as the food preferences and intraguild interactions. For natural enemy population management, promising results were obtained from our behavioural bioassays. As a conclusion, stinging nettles can play important roles in agro-ecosystems.
Publishing house:
LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
Website:
https://www.lap-publishing.com/
By (author) :
Ammar Alhmedi
Number of pages:
212
Published on:
2012-05-17
Stock:
Available
Category:
Agriculture, horticulture, forestry, fishery, nutrition
Price:
79.00 €
Keywords:
Diversity, Aphid, Stinging Nettle, Natural enemy, Intraguild interaction, Olfactory response, Food web

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