Natural enemy abundance and movement within Oklahoma winter canola and winter wheat landscapes
however the impact of this relatively new rotational crop has on ecosystem services
in winter wheat landscapes is unknown. An on-going USDA-AFRI grant (#2011-
67009-30141) titled "Impact of Bioenergy Crops on Pests, Natural Enemies and
Pollinators in Agricultural and Non-crop Landscapes" is focused on the risks and/
or benefits of planting large biofuel crop monocultures into established agricultural
landscapes. Investigators on this project are focused on documenting whether winter
canola functions as a source or sink habitat for pest species and their natural enemies.
Insect abundance and movement within landscapes are currently being monitored in
Oklahoma and Kansas using traditional sampling methods and novel protein markrecapture
methods with protein-specific ELISA's. Data collection has already shown
that natural enemies belonging to Coccinellidae (ladybeetles) and Chrysopidae (green
lacewings) occur in winter canola at very high numbers and that canola appears to
be functioning as an attractant for both of these predator groups.
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