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Hedgerows enhance beneficial insects on farms in California’s Central Valley

California Agriculture

Abstract

Hedgerows of native California shrubs and perennial grasses bordering field crops were examined for the abundance of beneficial and pest insects compared with adjacent weedy areas. During 2 years of sampling in the Sacramento Valley, hedgerows attracted more beneficial than pest insects, while weedy areas showed the opposite trend, attracting significantly more pest than beneficial insects. We conclude that replacing weedy areas at field crop edges with managed hedgerow plantings will sustain or increase beneficial rather than pest insects on farms.

Author(s): Morandin, L; Long, RF; Pease, C; Kremen, C

Journal: California Agriculture

Year: 2011

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