Vegetation increases the abundance of natural enemies in vineyards
Linda J Thomson, Ary A Hoffmann
BIOLOGICAL CONTROL | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2009
Non-crop areas can increase the abundance of natural invertebrate enemies on farmland and assist in invertebrate pest control, but the relative benefits of different types of vegetation are often unclear. Here, we investigated abundance of natural enemies in vineyards with edges consisting of different types of vegetation: remnant native forests, wooded margins planted after establishment of the crop (hereafter called shelterbelts), or pasture. Invertebrates were sampled four times using canopy sticky traps and ground level pitfall traps, replicated across two seasons at one of the sites. The distribution and abundance of natural enemies in relation to edges with adjacent vegetation or pastu..View full abstract
This research was supported by the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation with support from Australia's grapegrowers and winemakers. Infrastructure support was provided by CESAR funded by the Australian Research Council.