Interaction Effects Between Local Flower Richness & Distance to Natural Woodland on Pest & Beneficial Insects in Apple Orchards

13th September 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies

This paper was originally published in Agricultural and Forest Entomology.  “Abstract: Local and landscape factors interact to influence animal populations and, ultimately, crop yields in agroecosystems. Yet few studies have considered interactions and trade-offs between these factors within a single agroecosystem. We sampled insect communities (fruit-damaging pests and Diptera and Hymenoptera pollinator and natural enemy… [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 The Point Of Wasps?

12th April 2017
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on Mastering Entomology. “‘But seriously, what is the point of wasps?’ This is a question I often find myself being asked. Unlike their cute, somewhat fluffy cousins, the bees, it seems people have a much harder time accepting wasps. Indeed, they often find themselves on the wrong end of extreme prejudice… [more]

Natural Solutions Can Aid Farmers in the Fight Against Agricultural Pests

28th March 2017
Published under: Data Tools & Methodologies,Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on The Land.  “In 2009, CSIRO began a Grains Research and Development Corporation-funded research project with the aim to bring an additional option to pest control in the grains sector that promoted sustainability and natural resource management. The project aimed to answer questions about pests and beneficial insects associated with… [more]

Research Shows Bats Are a Natural Pest Control

22nd March 2017
Published under: Case Studies

This article was originally published on Zoutpansberger. “A collaborative research project between Green Farms Nut Company (GFNC), South Africa’s largest privately owned processor and marketer of macadamia nuts, four of their suppliers, the macadamia industry body SAMAC, and the University of Venda (Univen) is proving the commercial value to the industry of using bats and birds to… [more]

Attracting ‘Predator Insects’ Reduced Pesticide Use By 80% at Australian Vineyard

6th December 2016
Published under: Why Natural Capital?

This article was originally published on the Guardian.  As one of Australia’s premier wine producers, Adam Torpy knows the importance of preserving the natural value of the land. And he’s enlisted an unlikely insect army to help. “…Wanting to reduce the use of pesticides, Torpy and his colleagues started trialling an innovative idea that has… [more]