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Biotic indicators of carabid species richness on organically and conventionally managed arable fields


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Döring, T. F.; Hiller, A.; Wehke, S.; Schulte, G. and Broll, G. (2003) Biotic indicators of carabid species richness on organically and conventionally managed arable fields. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment, 98, pp. 133-139. [In Press]

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Carabids, a species rich arthropod family, potentially contribute much to biodiversity in agroecosystems, but assessing and monitoring carabid diversity is costly and time consuming. Therefore, this study aimed at finding more easily measurable parameters indicating high carabid diversity within organic and conventional management systems. Cover and number of weed species as well as activity density of single carabid species and of total carabids were investigated as potential indicators of carabid species richness. The study was carried out near Reckenfeld in Westphalia on sandy Plaggenesch soils. Three organically and four conventionally managed fields (cereals and corn) were investigated at the field margins and in the field centres from April to August 1999. Additionally, data of carabid catches and weed flora in winter cereals from an extended study in Düren (Northrhine-Westphalia) were reanalysed to validate the results. However, neither of the potential indicators showed consistently significant positive correlation with carabid diversity. This is partly attributed to the low variability of management conditions within the management systems in the studies presented.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Carabidae, biodiversity correlates, diversity, bioindicator, bioindicators, species richness
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
Research affiliation: Germany > University of Kassel > Department of Ecological Plant Protection
Related Links:http://www.elsevier.nl/inca/publications/store/5/0/3/2/9/8/
ID Code:1107
Deposited On:27 Dec 2003
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:27
Document Language:English
Status:In Press
Refereed:Submitted for peer-review but not yet accepted

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