Project ID

E2009-09

Abstract

The project objective is to enhance delivery of insect-derived ecosystem services provided by perennial buffers through a strategy of combining research and outreach.

Key Question

Are the current buffer strips and conservation practices found in agricultural landscape optimal for improving the abundance and diversity of beneficial insects? If not, what is the best bet for a habitat that could conserve beneficial insects?

Findings

Generally, existing buffer strips play a positive role but are not optimal. The best habitat would be buffers that use native flowering forbs that are attractive to beneficial insects in a mixture that provides a flower resource throughout the growing season. A higher density of highly attractive native species is better for beneficials than a high diversity of native species.

Principal Investigator(s)

Matthew O'Neal

Co-Investigator(s)

Lisa A. Schulte Moore

Year of Grant Completion

2012