The Impact of Landscape Complexity on Invertebrate Diversity in Edges and Fields in an Agricultural Area

T. R. Evans, M. J. Mahoney, E. D. Cashatt, J. Noordijk, G.R. de Snoo, C. J. M. Musters

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Abstract

Invertebrate diversity is important for a multitude of ecosystem services and as a component of the larger ecological food web. A better understanding of the factors influencing invertebrate taxonomic richness and diversity at both local and landscape scales is important for conserving biodiversity within the agricultural landscape. The aim of this study was to determine if invertebrate richness and diversity in agricultural field interiors and edges in central Illinois, USA, were related to the complexity of the surrounding landscape. Our results show taxonomic richness and diversity in field edges is positively related to large scale landscape complexity, but the relationship is negative for field interiors. These unexpected results need further study.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7
JournalInsects
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • agri-environment schemes ecosystem services land-use biodiversity plant intensification ecology habitat communication connectivity Entomology

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