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EFFECT OF LIVING MULCH ON PEST/BENEFICIAL INTERACTION

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Burgio, Giovanni; Kristensen, Hanne L.; Campanelli, Gabriele; Bavec, Franc; Bavec, Martina; von Fragstein und Niemsdorff, Peter; Depalo, Laura; Lanzoni, Alberto and Canali, Stefano (2014) EFFECT OF LIVING MULCH ON PEST/BENEFICIAL INTERACTION. In: Rahmann, G. and Aksoy, U. (Eds.) Building Organic Bridges, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany, 3, Thuenen Report, no. 20, pp. 741-744.

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The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of cover crops on pest/beneficial dynamics and to test the potential of living mulch on enhancing biological control against insect pests. The research, carried out in the frame of the InterVeg (Core Organic II) project, involved four European countries: Germany, Slovenia, Denmark and Italy. Three crops were tested: cauliflower, leek and artichoke. The preliminary results obtained in Italy on cauliflower, indicated that the living mulch did not affect the infestation of the cabbage butterfly, Pieris brassicae, showing no detrimental effect of this technique on pest dynamics. A very high level of parasitization against cabbage butterfly was detected either in the living mulch crop (88%) and in the sole one (63%). Living mulch showed to increase the spider and rove beetle activity density, while the carabid activity density was slightly higher in the sole crop.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Cauliflower, arthropod fauna, Pieris brassicae, parasitization, bioindicators
Subjects: Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > Italy
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic II > InterVeg
International Conferences > 2014: 18th IFOAM OWC Scientific Track: 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference
International Projects > Other funders
ISBN:978-3-86576-128-6
DOI:10.3220/REP_20_1_2014
Deposited By: Burgio, Prof giovanni
ID Code:23908
Deposited On:30 Oct 2014 11:44
Last Modified:30 Oct 2014 11:44
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:urn:nbn:de:gbv:253-201407-dn053621-1

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