Natural Enemies: Identification, Protection Strategies and Ecological Impacts


Sónia A.P. Santos (Editor)
CIMO/School of Agriculture, Polytechnic Institute of Braganca, Braganca, Portugal

Series: Biotechnology in Agriculture, Industry and Medicine
BISAC: SCI010000

The community of natural enemies that inhabits agroecosystems is complex mainly due to multiple trophic interactions established among them and their target prey/hosts. Several factors can influence the efficiency of natural enemies as biological control agents, such as the occurrence of preferred food items, supplementary food resources, shelters, agricultural practices or landscapes. In this book, scientists present recent studies in regards to the identification, protection strategies and impacts of agricultural practices on important groups of natural enemies. This core focus includes specific studies on predatory species (e.g., mites, spiders, anthocorids, nabids, carabids, and coccinellids) as well as parasitoid species (hymenopterans). The different chapters present new approaches towards the conservation of natural enemies in agroecosystems, and discuss the effects of climate change and agricultural practices on biodiversity, life history and movement of natural enemies. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Potential of Ecological Infrastructures to Restore Conservation Biological Control: Case Study in Spanish Olive Groves
Daniel Paredes, Luis Cayuela and Mercedes Campos (Departamento de Protección Ambiental. Estación Experimental de Zaidín, CSIC, Granada, Spain, and others)

Chapter 2. Biological Pest Control of the Tetranychid Mite Oligonychus perseae in Avocado and Challenges to Face in a Climate Change Scenario
Celeste Guzmán and Marta Montserrat (Departamento de Fruticultura Subtropical, Instituto de Hortofruticultura Subtropical y Mediterránea “La Mayora”, Universidad de Málaga-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (IHSM-UMA-CSIC), 29750 Algarrobo-Costa, Málaga, Spain)

Chapter 3. Biodiversity of Spiders in Agroecosystems: Community Structure, Conservation and Roles as Biological Control Agents
Jacinto Benhadi-Marín, José A. Pereira, Albino Bento, José Paulo Sousa and Sónia A.P. Santos (Mountain Research Center (CIMO), School of Agriculture, Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Bragança, Portugal, and others)

Chapter 4. Tracking the Movement of Pest Predators in Arable Crop Landscapes: Implications in Conservation Biological Control Strategies
Filipe Madeira and Xavier Pons (Universitat de Lleida, Department of Crop and Forest Sciences, Agrotecnio Centre, Lleida, Spain)

Chapter 5. Bioecology of Psyttalia concolor (Szépligeti) (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) and Management Strategies to Increase Biological Control of the Olive Fruit Fly
Lara A. Pinheiro, Pilar Medina, Albino Bento, José Alberto Pereira, and Sónia A. P. Santos (Mountain Research Center (CIMO), School of Agriculture, Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Portugal, and others)

Chapter 6. Biological Control Based on Native Parasitoids Associated with Dryocosmus kuriphilus Yasumatsu in Invaded Countries
Ana Santos, José Alberto Pereira, Sónia A.P. Santos, Ambra Quacchia, and Albino Bento (Mountain Research Center (CIMO), School of Agriculture, Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Portugal, and others)


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Audience: Professors, researchers and students in the area of agricultural and biological sciences.
Technicians in the area of agriculture
People interested in biological control of pests

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