Pest Control

A Global Geospatial Ecosystem Services Estimate of Urban Agriculture

18th January 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Earth’s Future.  “Abstract: Though urban agriculture (UA), defined here as growing of crops in cities, is increasing in popularity and importance globally, little is known about the aggregate benefits of such natural capital in built-up areas. Here, we introduce a quantitative framework to assess global aggregate ecosystem services from existing… [more]

Predation By Small Mammalian Carnivores in Rural Agro-Ecosystems: An Undervalued Ecosystem Service?

4th January 2018
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in Ecosystem Services.  Highlights:  Crop areas supported the highest diversity of small carnivores. Carnivore probability of use was influenced by dog and livestock abundance. Small carnivores incorporate significant proportions of rodents in their diet. Community members underappreciated the potential pest control services of carnivores. The perceived impacts of poultry predation… [more]

Not Reaping the Fruits: What Plantain Farmers in Costa Rica Can Teach Us About the Inconsistent Links Between Access to Ecosystem Services & Well-Being

18th December 2017
Published under: Enabling Environment

This article was originally published on Stockholm Resilience Centre.  Highlights: Increases in the production of ecosystem services are often not evenly distributed and increases in ecosystem services may not improve well-being of those without access to them A case study of plantain farmers in Costa Rica reveals how they struggle to reap the benefits of their… [more]

Biocontrol of Common Vole Populations by Avian Predators Versus Rodenticide Application

1st November 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This paper was originally published in the Polish Journal of Ecology. “Abstract: This paper presents results of a study focused on using the increased predation pressure of avian raptors for biocontrol of local populations of the common vole (Microtus arvalis) in Haná (Czech Republic), a region of traditional agriculture in central Europe. Five raptor perches per… [more]

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]