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Attractiveness of flowering plants for natural enemies

Kopta, Tomáš; Pokluda, Robert and Psota, Václav (2012) Attractiveness of flowering plants for natural enemies. Horticultural Science, 39 (2), pp. 89-96.

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The set of 7 flowering plant species (Anethum graveolens, Calendula officinalis, Centaurea cyanus, Fagopyrum esculentum, Foeniculum vulgare, Tagetes patula and Vicia faba) was compared for their attractiveness to natural enemies such as ladybeetles (Coccinellidae), hoverflies (Syrphidae), ichneumon wasps (Ichneumonidae) and predatory bugs (Orius spp.) during the years 2008–2010. The trial was held in an organic open field located at the Faculty of Horticulture of Mendel University in Brno, Lednice, Czech Republic. Flowering plants A. graveolens, C. cyanus, C. officinalis, F. vulgare and F. esculentum were found to be the most attractive for the evaluated beneficial insects. The most abundant beneficial insects were hoverflies and ladybeetles followed by predatory bugs and ichneumon wasps.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Subjects: Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Research affiliation: Czech Republic > Mendel University in Brno (MENDELU)
Deposited By: Kopta, Tomáš
ID Code:21864
Deposited On:15 Jan 2013 19:37
Last Modified:15 Jan 2013 19:37
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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