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A Review of Habitat Management for Anthropod Pest Control and Farmscaping at Geraldson Community Farm

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Title: A Review of Habitat Management for Anthropod Pest Control and Farmscaping at Geraldson Community Farm A Pilot Project
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Wilson, Chris H.
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2009
Publication Date: 2009

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Agroecology
Biological Control
Habitat Management
Theoretical Ecology
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: This is a two-part thesis. The first part is a literature review and analysis of the field of habitat management for pest control. The second part is a report on a farmscaping field project I conducted at Geraldson Community Farm in Bradenton, Florida. Habitat management refers to the set of techniques and practices designed to make a field habitat less attractive to pests, or more attractive to natural enemies, or both. It is a subset of conservation biological control, which seeks to augment the endogenous natural enemy fauna to achieve pest regulation. My literature review and analysis discusses this field in a wide-ranging context of agricultural and ecological theory. Case studies are emphasized. The establishment and impact on beneficial biodiversity of a flowering strip was assessed at a South Central Florida organic vegetable farm. It was hypothesized that a gradient of enhancement of the beneficial insect activity would be observed, with the highest levels of enhancement closest to the strip, and the lowest levels farthest away. This hypothesis failed to be accepted or rejected, due to the lack of success in the field of the experimental design. Qualitative and quantitative data are presented which are nonetheless useful to the project of implementing conservation biological control within the farm's pest management plan.
Statement of Responsibility: by Chris H. Wilson
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2009
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Lowman, Margaret

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Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2009 W7
System ID: NCFE004199:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE004199/00001

Material Information

Title: A Review of Habitat Management for Anthropod Pest Control and Farmscaping at Geraldson Community Farm A Pilot Project
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Wilson, Chris H.
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2009
Publication Date: 2009

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Agroecology
Biological Control
Habitat Management
Theoretical Ecology
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: This is a two-part thesis. The first part is a literature review and analysis of the field of habitat management for pest control. The second part is a report on a farmscaping field project I conducted at Geraldson Community Farm in Bradenton, Florida. Habitat management refers to the set of techniques and practices designed to make a field habitat less attractive to pests, or more attractive to natural enemies, or both. It is a subset of conservation biological control, which seeks to augment the endogenous natural enemy fauna to achieve pest regulation. My literature review and analysis discusses this field in a wide-ranging context of agricultural and ecological theory. Case studies are emphasized. The establishment and impact on beneficial biodiversity of a flowering strip was assessed at a South Central Florida organic vegetable farm. It was hypothesized that a gradient of enhancement of the beneficial insect activity would be observed, with the highest levels of enhancement closest to the strip, and the lowest levels farthest away. This hypothesis failed to be accepted or rejected, due to the lack of success in the field of the experimental design. Qualitative and quantitative data are presented which are nonetheless useful to the project of implementing conservation biological control within the farm's pest management plan.
Statement of Responsibility: by Chris H. Wilson
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2009
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Lowman, Margaret

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2009 W7
System ID: NCFE004199:00001


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