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Disentangling higher trophic level interactions in the cabbage aphid food web using high-throughput DNA sequencing
(Pensoft Publishers, 2017-10-18)
The lack of understanding of complex food-web interactions has been a major gap in the history of biological control. In particular, a better understanding of the functioning of pest food-webs and how they vary between ...
Scarcity of ecosystem services: an experimental manipulation of declining pollination rates and its economic consequences for agriculture
Ecosystem services (ES) such as pollination are vital for the continuous supply of food to a growing human population, but the decline in populations of insect pollinators worldwide poses a threat to food and nutritional ...
Food and nutritional security requires adequate protein as well as energy, delivered from whole-year crop production
© 2016 Coles et al.Human food security requires the production of sufficient quantities of both high-quality protein and dietary energy. In a series of case-studies from New Zealand, we show that while production of food ...
Assessing pollinators’ use of floral resource subsidies in agri-environment schemes: An illustration using Phacelia tanacetifolia and honeybees
Honeybees (Apis mellifera L.) are frequently used in agriculture for pollination services because of their abundance, generalist floral preferences, ease of management and hive transport. However, their populations are ...
Potential ecosystem service delivery by endemic plants in New Zealand vineyards: successes and prospects
Vineyards worldwide occupy over 7 million hectares and are typically virtual monocultures, with high and costly inputs of water and agro-chemicals. Understanding and enhancing ecosystem services can reduce inputs and their ...
Global disparity in public awareness of the biological control potential of invertebrates
Invertebrates make up over 95% of animal biodiversity on Earth and contribute to multiple ecosystem services (ES) in natural and human-dominated systems. One such service, biological control (BC) of herbivorous pests, is ...