Organic farming and generalist predator communities

Klaus Birkhofer
Organic farming systems rely on improved soil quality and biological control favored by reduced tillage and pesticide application, organic fertilizer application and crop rotation management. The first part of this study focused on the impact of organic and conventional long-term farming (DOK Trial, Switzerland), primarily characterized by fertilizer types, on major aboveground generalist predator taxa (spiders, rove beetles and ground beetles) in structurally simple (winter wheat) and complex (grass-clover) agroecosystem. Most analyzed animal taxa that...
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