Prospects for improved off-crop habitat management for pollen beetle control in oilseed rape

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Cook, S. M. and Skellern, M. P. 2018. Prospects for improved off-crop habitat management for pollen beetle control in oilseed rape. Arthropod-Plant Interactions. 12 (6), pp. 849-866.

AuthorsCook, S. M. and Skellern, M. P.

There is an urgent need to develop sustainable and environmentally benign integrated pest management (IPM) strategies for arable crops. The enhancement and manipulation of naturally-occurring populations of the natural enemies of crop pests through habitat management for ‘conservation biological control’, as well as habitat management to manipulate populations of the pests themselves, have the potential to become major components of successful IPM strategies. We review the studies that have contributed to our current understanding of how the crop margin, local landscape, and regional landscape can influence pollen beetle Brassicogethes aeneus (syn. Meligethes aeneus) (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) abundance and damage to oilseed rape crops (Brassica napus), and the efficacy of their natural enemies. We also discuss how habitat management across these multiple scales may improve pollen beetle control, reducing the need for insecticide use and contributing towards sustainable production of this important crop which is grown on increasing areas for both food and fuel.

KeywordsBrassica napus; Brassicogethes aeneus; Conservation biocontrol; Field margin; Habitat management; Trap crop; Meligethes; Sustainable agriculture
Year of Publication2018
JournalArthropod-Plant Interactions
Journal citation12 (6), pp. 849-866
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
FunderDepartment of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Natural Environment Research Council
Funder project or codeASSIST - Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems
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Copyright license
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online19 Mar 2018
Publication process dates
Accepted12 Feb 2018

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