In-Field Habitat Management to Optimize Pest Control of Novel Soil Communities in Agroecosystems
AbstractThe challenge of managing agroecosystems on a landscape scale and the novel structure of soil communities in agroecosystems both provide reason to focus on in-field management practices, including cover crop adoption, reduced tillage, and judicial pesticide use, to promote soil community diversity. Belowground and epigeal arthropods, especially exotic generalist predators, play a significant role in controlling insect pests, weeds, and pathogens in agroecosystems. However, the preventative pest management tactics that dominate field-crop production in the United States do not promote biological control. In this review, we argue that by reducing disturbance, mitigating the effects of necessary field activities, and controlling pests within an Integrated Pest Management framework, farmers can facilitate the diversity and activity of native and exotic arthropod predators. View Full-Text
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Pearsons, K.A.; Tooker, J.F. In-Field Habitat Management to Optimize Pest Control of Novel Soil Communities in Agroecosystems. Insects 2017, 8, 82.
Pearsons KA, Tooker JF. In-Field Habitat Management to Optimize Pest Control of Novel Soil Communities in Agroecosystems. Insects. 2017; 8(3):82.Chicago/Turabian Style
Pearsons, Kirsten A.; Tooker, John F. 2017. "In-Field Habitat Management to Optimize Pest Control of Novel Soil Communities in Agroecosystems." Insects 8, no. 3: 82.
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