Special Issue "Habitat Management in Agroecosystems"

A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2017)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Zsofia Szendrei

Department of Entomology, Michigan State University, 348 Food Safety and Toxicology Bldg., 1129 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
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Interests: chemical ecology; biological control; habitat management; behavioral pest management
Guest Editor
Dr. Amanda Buchanan

Department of Entomology, Michigan State University, 348 Food Safety and Toxicology Bldg., 1129 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
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Interests: species interactions; plant-insect ecology; sustainable agriculture

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Increasing habitat diversity in agroecosystems at the local and landscape level can contribute to sustainable crop production. Beneficial insects require resources that are not typically found in monocultures, such as access to diverse pollen resources, shelter, and a stable microclimate. Increasing plant diversity by growing insectary plants in wind breaks and field margins or using conservation tillage practices and mulches can lead to increased pest suppression by natural enemies, improved pollination of crops, and enhanced weed seed predation. These ecosystem services are important for growing food more sustainably and can be used as components of both conventional and organic farming strategies. Articles in this special issue will focus on advances in our understanding of the impacts of habitat diversification in agriculture.

Prof. Dr. Zsofia Szendrei
Dr. Amanda Buchanan
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • tillage
  • cover crop
  • landscape
  • diversity
  • habitat
  • weed
  • arthropod
  • beneficial
  • natural enemy
  • predator
  • parasitoid
  • mulch
  • insectary plants
  • flowering hedgerows
  • field margin
  • pest suppression
  • agriculture

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Open AccessReview Ecosystem-Based Incorporation of Nectar-Producing Plants for Stink Bug Parasitoids
Insects 2017, 8(3), 65; doi:10.3390/insects8030065
Received: 31 May 2017 / Revised: 17 June 2017 / Accepted: 20 June 2017 / Published: 24 June 2017
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Abstract
Adult parasitoids of pest insects rely on floral resources for survival and reproduction, but can be food-deprived in intensively managed agricultural systems lacking these resources. Stink bugs are serious pests for crops in southwest Georgia. Provisioning nectar-producing plants for parasitoids of stink bugs
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Adult parasitoids of pest insects rely on floral resources for survival and reproduction, but can be food-deprived in intensively managed agricultural systems lacking these resources. Stink bugs are serious pests for crops in southwest Georgia. Provisioning nectar-producing plants for parasitoids of stink bugs potentially can enhance biocontrol of these pests. Knowledge of spatial and temporal availability and distribution of stink bugs in host plants is necessary for appropriate timing and placement of flowering plants in agroecosystems. Stink bugs move between closely associated host plants throughout the growing season in response to deteriorating suitability of their host plants. In peanut-cotton farmscapes, stink bugs develop in peanut, and subsequently the adults disperse into adjacent cotton. Parasitism of Nezara viridula (L.) adults by Trichopoda pennipes (F.) at the peanut-cotton interface was significantly higher in cotton with a strip of milkweed or buckwheat between the two crops than in cotton alone. Milkweed and buckwheat also provided nectar to a wide range of insect pollinators. Monarch butterflies fed on milkweed. When placed between peanut and cotton, a strip of soybean was an effective trap crop for cotton, reducing economic damage. Incorporation of buckwheat near soybean enhanced parasitism of Euschistus servus (Say) eggs by Telenomus podisi Ashmead in cotton. In conclusion, nectar provision enhances biocontrol of stink bugs, acts together with other management tactics for stink bug control, and aids in conservation of natural enemies, insect pollinators, and the monarch butterfly. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Habitat Management in Agroecosystems)
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