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Flowering forbs for field margins: selecting species that optimise ecosystem services

Carrie, Romain and George, David and Wackers, Felix (2012) Flowering forbs for field margins: selecting species that optimise ecosystem services. Iobc Wprs Bulletin, 75. pp. 57-60. ISSN 0253-1100

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess the attractiveness of flowers to target groups of beneficial insects. Water trap samples were taken throughout the entire period of inflorescence and were accompanied by sweep net sampling in early summer. Samples were assessed for target insect groups (predatory beetles, true bugs, aphids, hoverflies and Parasitica) that are known to provide ecosystem services in farm landscapes (such as pollination, conservation and pest control). Yarrow and Oxeye daisy were the most promising flowering plants, attracting multiple beneficial target groups. These species seem to be the most promising for use in flowering field margins.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Iobc Wprs Bulletin
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 55299
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 21 Jun 2012 14:13
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 23:41
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55299

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