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Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology

Habitat management

Iowa State University

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Quality Over Quantity: Buffer Strips Can Be Improved With Select Native Plant Species, Kelly Ann Gill, R. Cox, Matthew E. O'Neal Apr 2014

Quality Over Quantity: Buffer Strips Can Be Improved With Select Native Plant Species, Kelly Ann Gill, R. Cox, Matthew E. O'Neal

Entomology Publications

Native plants attractive to beneficial insects may improve the value of buffer strips by increasing biodiversity and enhancing the delivery of insect-derived ecosystem services. In a 2-yr field experiment, we measured the response of insect communities across nine buffers that varied in plant diversity. We constructed buffers with plants commonly found in buffers of USDA-certified organic farms in Iowa (typically a single species), recommended for prairie reconstruction, or recommended for attracting beneficial insects. We hypothesized that the diversity and abundance of beneficial insects will be 1) greatest in buffers composed of diverse plant communities with continuous availability of floral resources ...