Pest Control

Landscape Greening & Local Creation of Wildflower Strips & Hedgerows Promote Multiple Ecosystem Services

13th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Journal of Applied Ecology.  “Abstract: The explicit and implicit aims of creating ecological focus areas (EFAs) and implementing greening measures in European agro-ecosystems include the promotion of regulatory ecosystem services (ES) to sustain crop production in conventional cropping systems. However, the extent to which these goals are achieved with… [more]

Ant-Mediated Ecosystem Services & Disservices on Marketable Yield in Cocoa Agroforestry Systems

26th July 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published on ScienceDirect.  Highlights Ants provided ecosystem services (e.g. pest control) but also disservices (pathogen spread). Positive impact of species-rich ant communities on marketable cocoa yield. Strong link between species rich community performance and income. Need to consider multiple interactions in agroecosystems than single ecosystem services. “Abstract: The impact of complex… [more]

Invertebrates Benefit Agriculture in Many Different Ways

25th July 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This article was originally published on Ecology is Not a Dirty Word, by Dr Manu Saunders. “Production benefits from invertebrates (other than pollination and natural pest control) are often overlooked in agroecosystems.  There has been much more focus on the impact of insect pests. But invertebrates provide lots of other benefits in production systems. Developing sustainable farming systems… [more]

What’s So Important About Bats?

17th July 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Bat Conservation International.  “The Earth without bats would be a very different and much poorer place. More than 1,300 species of bats around the world are playing ecological roles that are vital to the health of natural ecosystems and human economies. Many of the more than 1,300 bat species… [more]

Analysis: The Economic Value of Birds

15th June 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. “For ornithologists, bird watchers, and many people who enjoy birds, the idea of calculating the economic value of birds as pest-control agents, pollinators, carcass cleaners, and various other ecosystem service providers may be off-putting. I still feel offended when anyone asks me: “Why should… [more]

Assessing Ecosystem Services and Multifunctionality for Vineyard Systems

24th April 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published on Frontiers in Environmental Science.  “Abstract: Vineyards shape important economic, cultural, and ecological systems in many temperate biomes. Like other agricultural systems, they can be multifunctional landscapes that not only produce grapes, but also for example serve as wildlife habitat, sequester carbon, and are places of rich traditions. However, research… [more]