publication . Article . 2006

Inter- and intra-guild interactions related to aphids in nettle (Urtica dioica L.) strips closed to field crops.

Alhmedi, A.; Haubruge, Eric; Bodson, Bernard; Francis, Frédéric;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2006
  • Country: Belgium
A field experiment designed to assess the biodiversity related to nettle strips closed to crops, and more particularly the aphid and related beneficial populations, was established in experimental farm located in Gembloux (Belgium). Margin strips of nettle (Urtica dioica) closed to wheat (Triticum aestivum), green pea (Pisum sativum) and rape (Brassicae napus) fields were investigated. The diversity, abundance of aphids and related predators were analysed according to the plant crop species and the differential pesticide application (treated plot and control). Insects were visually observed every week during all the cultivation season. Two main families of aphid...
free text keywords: Animals, Aphids/growth & development, Brassica napus/parasitology, Diptera/growth & development, Peas/parasitology, Pest Control, Biological, Population Density, Population Dynamics, Species Specificity, Triticum/parasitology, Urtica dioica/physiology, : Biochemistry, biophysics & molecular biology [Life sciences], : Biochimie, biophysique & biologie moléculaire [Sciences du vivant]
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