Video: A Quick Guide to Establishing Wildflower...

Video: A Quick Guide to Establishing Wildflower Plantings for the Conservation of Beneficial Insects

Video: A Quick Guide to Establishing Wildflower Plantings for the Conservation of Beneficial Insects

This video is a introductory guide to help people establish wildflower plantings for the conservation of beneficial insects. This video was submitted to the Outreach category of the 2011 ESA YouTube Your Entomology Contest by SARE grantee Brett Blaauw, of Michigan State University, who writes, "Due to the loss of natural habitats, there has been an observable decrease in beneficial insects over the years. This loss of insects may lead to a decrease in the ecosystem services they provided. By reintegrating wildflowers back into the landscape, many beneficial insects will be able to have access to the floral resources they need to survive." Blaauw's SARE research investigated the response of beneficial insects and their ecosystem services to the size of wildflower plot.

 

Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) GNC09-116, Evaluation of Plant Composition and Strip Size on the Effectiveness of Native Plant Conservation Strips for Sustainable Enhancement of Beneficial Insect Communities .

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Year: 2012
Author(s): Brett Blaauw
Location: Michigan | North Central | Northeast | South | West
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This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.