DOI: 10.1146/annurev.ento.45.1.175 ISSN:

Habitat Management to Conserve Natural Enemies of Arthropod Pests in Agriculture

Douglas A. Landis, Stephen D. Wratten, Geoff M. Gurr
  • Insect Science
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

▪ Abstract  Many agroecosystems are unfavorable environments for natural enemies due to high levels of disturbance. Habitat management, a form of conservation biological control, is an ecologically based approach aimed at favoring natural enemies and enhancing biological control in agricultural systems. The goal of habitat management is to create a suitable ecological infrastructure within the agricultural landscape to provide resources such as food for adult natural enemies, alternative prey or hosts, and shelter from adverse conditions. These resources must be integrated into the landscape in a way that is spatially and temporally favorable to natural enemies and practical for producers to implement. The rapidly expanding literature on habitat management is reviewed with attention to practices for favoring predators and parasitoids, implementation of habitat management, and the contributions of modeling and ecological theory to this developing area of conservation biological control. The potential to integrate the goals of habitat management for natural enemies and nature conservation is discussed.

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