The rationale for this book is based on an appreciation of the fact that all insects are profoundly influenced by their surroundings. Generally the interactions between insect pests, their host plants, and their natural enemies have been studied within a specific crop. However, agroecosystems are much more than fields in which we grow our crops. Non-crop elements in the landscape can have a substantial impact on the composition of insect communities in an agricultural setting. Investigations on the influence of habitat diversification on pest population dynamics have increased. Through an understanding of how landscape structure influences the fitness and survival of insect species, we may be able to find ways to optimize land use. Optimization in this context is twofold: the design of the landscape should, as far as possible, be advantageous for the natural enemies of agricultural pests while also allowing the highest possible biodiversity.
|Title of host publication||Interchanges of insects between agricultural and surrounding landscapes|
|Editors||B. Ekbom, M. E. Irwin, Y. Robert|
|Place of Publication||The Netherlands|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|