Staton, T.; Walters, R.J.; Smith, J.; Breeze, T.D.; Girling, R.D.

Invertebrate pests, natural enemies, pollinators, pest damage and yields associated with different understorey treatments in an agroforestry system, Nottinghamshire, UK, 2020

This resource comprises abundance data for invertebrates, pest damage to apples, and yields from an agroforestry system subject to two different understorey management treatments, comprising an unmown flowering understorey and a mown understorey. The data was collected from an intercropped apple-arable agroforestry site in Screveton, Nottinghamshire, UK, from five experimental blocks, each block split between the two understorey management treatments. The data was collected between April and September 2020. Data was collected using (i) pitfall traps, (ii) sticky traps, (iii) visual searches of apple trees for natural enemies, pests and fruit damage from pests and disease, (iv) flower visitation counts for pollinators, (v) apple fruit yield and quality metrics, and (vi) grain yield samples. The data was collected to compare the effect of understorey management in agroforestry on functional invertebrates and associated ecosystem services. All data was collected by Tom Staton (University of Reading). Three pitfall traps were damaged and are excluded from the dataset, comprising (i) Visit 1, Block 2, Mown treatment, Position 4; (ii) Visit 4, Block 2, Mown treatment, Position 3; and (iii) Visit 4, Block 3, Unmown treatment, Position 2.

The research was funded under NERC grant NE/R012229/1 Quantitative and Modelling Skills in Ecology and Evolution (QMEE) CDT

Publication date: 2021-03-18

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

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

You must cite: Staton, T.; Walters, R.J.; Smith, J.; Breeze, T.D.; Girling, R.D. (2021). Invertebrate pests, natural enemies, pollinators, pest damage and yields associated with different understorey treatments in an agroforestry system, Nottinghamshire, UK, 2020. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/83a10b11-23ef-4378-a56d-c63cce365275

 

Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2020-04-01    to    2020-09-30

Provenance & quality

Data was collected from five experimental blocks , each containing one apple tree variety. Each block was equally divided into two management treatments, comprising un-mown vegetation to promote flowering (‘flowering understoreys’), and a frequently mown treatment to suppress flowering (‘mown understoreys’). Data was collected using pitfall traps, (ii) sticky traps, (iii) visual searches of apple trees for natural enemies, pests and fruit damage from pests and disease, (iv) flower visitation counts for pollinators, (v) apple fruit yield and quality metrics, and (vi) grain yield samples. Invertebrate specimens captured using pitfall traps and sticky traps were stored in a freezer and identified using an optical microscope. The taxonomic resolution selected for each taxon was that which was sufficient to establish functional group. Data was subject to standard sense checking, including checking values were within a feasible range, all samples collected were represented in the data, and no duplicate samples. Data were entered into Excel spreadsheets and exported as comma separated value files for ingestion into the Environmental Information Data Centre.

Citations

Staton, T., Walters, R., Smith, J., Breeze, T., & Girling, R. (2021). Management to Promote Flowering Understoreys Benefits Natural Enemy Diversity, Aphid Suppression and Income in An Agroforestry System. Agronomy, 11(4), 651. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11040651

Correspondence/contact details

Tom Staton
University of Reading
 t.staton@pgr.reading.ac.uk

Authors

Staton, T.
University of Reading
Walters, R.J.
Lund University
Smith, J.
MV Agroecological Research Centre
Breeze, T.D.
University of Reading
Girling, R.D.
University of Reading

Other contacts

Custodian
NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
 info@eidc.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
 info@eidc.ac.uk
Rights Holder
University of Reading

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Biota
Keywords
Agriculture alley cropping,  conservation biological control,  flower strip,  invertebrates,  natural pest control,  pests,  pests,  pollination,  silvoarable,  sustainable agriculture
INSPIRE Theme
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Funding
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/R012229/1
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
Plot identifiers
Last updated
18 May 2022 12:29