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Soil arthropod diversity in organic, integrated and conventional olive orchards in Crete


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Gkisakis, Vasileios; Kollaros, Dimitrios; Bàrberi, Paolo; Livierattos, Ioannis and Kampourakis , Emmanouil (2014) Soil arthropod diversity in organic, integrated and conventional olive orchards in Crete. In: Rahmann, G. and Aksoy, U. (Eds.) Building Organic Bridges, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany, 2, Thuenen Report, no. 20, pp. 579-582.

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Soil fauna biodiversity and its functional counterpart were monitored in 24 olive orchards under conventional, organic and integrated management located in eight different locations for a year in Messara valley, in southern Crete. In each location three neighbouring orchards under different management were monitored. Pitfall traps were used as trapping method and fixed data collection points were used in each olive orchard for arthropod fauna monitoring. Counter groups of functional taxa were defined, with respect to services of biological pest control and of nutrient cycling in the olive agroecosystem, Monitoring took place weekly for 5 weeks per season, all year around. Comparison of the different management systems in terms of abundance and diversity of soil arthropods and functional groups was performed. Formicidae, Coleopteran family of Tenebrionidae, Araneae, Colembola and Opiliones were the most abundant taxa found in the olive orchards. A trend of higher total abundance and richness was found in the organic olive orchards, however not statistically significant. Functional arthropod abundance followed a similar trend. Diversity indices did not show a constant pattern in terms of management system comparison; however a trend of higher diversity appeared in the less-intensified organic orchards.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Olive orchards, management systems, arthropods, functional, agrobiodiversity
Agrovoc keywords:
Subjects: Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Research affiliation: Greece > Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania - MAICH
International Conferences > 2014: 18th IFOAM OWC Scientific Track: 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference
Italy > Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa
Deposited By: Gkisakis, Mr Vasileios
ID Code:24037
Deposited On:31 Oct 2014 08:28
Last Modified:31 Oct 2014 08:28
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:urn:nbn:de:gbv:253-201407-dn053621-1

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