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Culture control in crop fields: A habitat management technique

Research paper by Mark A. Mayse

Indexed on: 01 Jan '83Published on: 01 Jan '83Published in: Environmental Management



Abstract

Cultural factors, including vegetational backgrounds adjacent to and/or within the crop, harvest procedures, crop rotation patterns, planting dates, and plant density/spacing patterns provide a major portion of the ecological context in which arthropod populations in crop fields exist These cropping practices can often be manipulated to help favorably manage arthropod populations Some research highlights involving various types of cultural control are presented, including a discussion of several problems faced by researchers investigating cultural control of arthropods in field crop agroecosystems. In order to understand the complexities involved in cultural factor effects on arthropod populations, investigators must perform carefully designed research. Also, the most appropriate and meaningful way(s) to express arthropod population levels in such studies must be critically determined