Response of planthoppers to novel margin management in arable systems

Ramsay, A.J., Potts, S.G., Westbury, Duncan B, Woodcock, B.A., Tscheulin, T., Harris, S.J. and Brown, V.K. (2007) Response of planthoppers to novel margin management in arable systems. Aspects of Applied Biology : Delivering Arable Biodiversity, 81. pp. 47-52.

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Planthoppers (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha) form one of the most abundant groups of phytophagous above-ground invertebrates in agroecosystems. Planthoppers have potential as a useful indicator of the effects of management in agroecosystems due to their rapid changes in abundance in response to management changes. We investigated the effects of three novel management regimes (cutting, scarification and selective graminicide application) applied to three sown field margins ('Countryside Stewardship' (CS) mix, tussock grass and flower mix and fine grass and flower mix) on planthoppers as part of the Sustainable Arable Farming For an Improved Environment (SAFFIE) project. Planthoppers were most abundant in the CS mix. CS mix managed by graminicide application or by cutting produced greatest planthopper abundances. Sward density is likely to be of value for planthoppers, even when sown diversity is low. Sward simplification by scarification adversely affected abundance in all seed mixes but increased accessibility to birds.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: field margin management, planthoppers, arable systems, biodiversity
Divisions: Land and Property Management
Depositing User: Professor Duncan Westbury
Date Deposited: 02 May 2024 16:40
Last Modified: 02 May 2024 16:44

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