Journal article

Effects of ground cover (straw and compost) on the abundance of natural enemies and soil macro invertebrates in vineyards

Linda J Thomson, Ary A Hoffmann

AGRICULTURAL AND FOREST ENTOMOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2007

Abstract

1 Herbicides are commonly applied under grapevines in Australia to remove weeds and thereby to avoid water loss through transpiration. 2 Interest in sustainability promotes a reduction in chemical inputs, including herbicides, leading to trials with surface mulches to suppress weeds. 3 Surface mulches may also influence the abundance of a range of invertebrates. Potentially, an increase in natural enemies will contribute to pest control and encourage a reduction in pesticide application. 4 We used three trapping methods and direct soil sampling to assess invertebrates at ground level, in the canopy and in the soil to determine the influence of mulch on natural enemies, potential pests and so..

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