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Modelling natural pest control

natural pest
Seminar

Predicting, managing and optimizing the provision of biodiversity-driven ecosystem services in croplands is a critical component of sustainable environmental management. Increasing losses to pests due to direct and indirect effects of climate change is predicted to hamper our future ability to produce enough food, feed and fibre. Natural biological control of insect pests remains difficult to predict beyond the crop level and system-specific attempts. This is likely due to the diversity in cropping systems and species communities, functional traits of key species, and the contrasting spatio-temporal landscape dynamics. In order to bridge this gap we have already, with BECC support (workshop April 2018)  (i) set up a network of ecologists and biological control experts from Europe and North America (ii) developed archetypes of herbivore-natural-enemy cropping systems (iii) developed and validated joint qualitative and quantitative models that use a general framework but allow for differences in model structure between different crops and agroecosystems (i.e. between  the archetypes), generating robust and testable predictions

Please register here before June 14th, 2pm if you want lunch

Programme

9.00 Welcome and introduction - Yann Clough

9.15- 10.00 15 min presentations
                    Emily Martin - Functional traits define crop-pest-enemy archetypes
                    Megan O’Rourke - Relationship of landscape characteristics with ecosystem services and crop yield
                    Matteo Dainese - Global synthesis of biodiversity-ecosystem services relationships in agriculture

10.00 Fika

10.30-11.00 15 min presentations 
                     Mattias Jonsson  - Redundancy and climate resilience of aphid control/push-pull systems in Kenya
                     Glenn Marion - Models of population dynamics for natural pest control

11.00 short break

11.15 -12.00 15 min presentations 
                     Mikael Pontarp -  Linking community assembly processes and predator-prey structure and dynamics
                     Carsten Meyer - Mapping land-use/habitat suitability dynamics and its links to species abundance

12.00 Lunch

organizers: Yann Clough and Nikos Alexandridis

Time: 
17 June 2019 10:00 to 13:00
Location: 
Red room, Ecologybuilding, Sölvegatan 37, Lund
Contact: 
nikos.alexandridis [at] cec.lu.se

About the event

Time: 
17 June 2019 10:00 to 13:00
Location: 
Red room, Ecologybuilding, Sölvegatan 37, Lund
Contact: 
nikos.alexandridis [at] cec.lu.se