Shaw, R.F.; Pell, J.K.; Redhead, J.W.; Bullock, J.M.; Osborne, J.L.

Natural enemies of crop pests in oilseed rape fields in relation to local plant diversity and landscape characteristics

The number and type of natural enemies of crop pests found in winter-sown oilseed rape fields (Brassica napus L.) in relation to local plant diversity (in crop and field margin) and landscape characteristics. Natural enemies and pests were collected using two methods (suction sampling and pitfall traps). Local plant diversity was assessed using quadrats in field margins and in cropped area. The presence of hedges was also recorded. Landscape characteristics include the amount of mass flowering crops, arable land, presence of patches of different grassland types (intensive, restored and species rich) and the amount of grasslands and other semi natural habitat with up to a 3km radius of the collection points.

These data were collected as part of Wessex BESS project, funded by the NERC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability research program.
This dataset can be used in conjunction with other Wessex BESS WP4 datasets.

Publication date: 2018-09-07

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This dataset is made available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

Format of the dataset : Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: Shaw, R.F.; Pell, J.K.; Redhead, J.W.; Bullock, J.M.; Osborne, J.L. (2018). Natural enemies of crop pests in oilseed rape fields in relation to local plant diversity and landscape characteristics. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/6e2be4d6-a681-4ae5-8abf-0c3fc150365d

 

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© Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (Natural Environment Research Council)

Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2013-06-20    to    2014-07-03

Provenance & quality

Set protocols for field data collection and laboratory data collection were followed with datasheets provided for each collection type. Data were entered in MS Access and anomalous entries were checked for.

Correspondence/contact details

Dr. Rosalind Shaw
University of Exeter
Environment and Sustainability Institute
Penryn
Cornwall
TR10 9FE
UK
r.shaw@exeter.ac.uk

Authors

Shaw, R.F.
University of Exeter
Pell, J.K.
J.K. Pell Consulting
Redhead, J.W.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Bullock, J.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Osborne, J.L.
University of Exeter

Other contacts

Custodian
Environmental Information Data Centre
eidc@ceh.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
eidc@ceh.ac.uk

Spatial

Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid

Tags

Topic categories
Biota , Farming
Keywords
Araneae,  Brassica napus Coleoptera,  field margins,  hedges,  Hymenoptera,  natural enemies,  Parasitic wasps,  pest control,  pests,  plant diversity,  rapeseed,  Wessex BESS
INSPIRE Theme
Environmental Monitoring Facilities