Agroforestry benefits natural enemies and pollinators

Evaluating the effects of integrating trees into temperate arable systems on pest control and pollination

A new review of agroforestry for pest control and pollination from our PhD student Tom Staton (based at Reading University ) has been published.

Staton T, Walters RJ, Smith J, Girling RD (2019) Evaluating the effects of integrating trees into temperate arable systems on pest control and pollination Agricultural Systems: Volume 176

Highlights

  • Integrating trees into arable systems significantly enhanced natural enemies of pests
  • Arthropod pests were significantly reduced in these silvoarable systems
  • Evidence for effects on pollinators is scarcer, but suggests beneficial effects
  • Authors propose a framework for future research to explain variation in results.

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