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Beneficial Insect Conservation by Mind Map: Beneficial Insect
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Beneficial Insect Conservation



Beneficial insects, Natural enemies, Pest reduction, Need floral resources, Pollinators, Pollinate crop, Need floral resources

Wildflowers, Annual, Perennial

Literature review

What research has been done

What questions still exist


Establishment is expensive

Determine way to make conservation cost effective for growers


Native plant conservation strips for sustainable pollination and pest control in fruit crops


Native plant conservation strips

Fruit crops, Blueberry, Apple, Cherry

Flower/grass mix, 15 native perennial wildflower species, 3 native perennial grass species

Flower strip setup, Fall Herbicide application, Pig-till at 1 site, Apple cider vinegar at organic apple, Glyphosphate at conventional sites, Seeds hand sown in spring, Mixed with saw dust as a carrier/bulking agent, Cultipacked/rollered to increase soil/seed contact

Insect observation/collection, Visual observations, Yellow sticky traps, Vacuum sampling


Fruit yields

Beneficial insect abundance/diversity

Pest abundance/diversity

Flower list and bloom periods


Cost of seeds

Cost of site preparation/maintenance


Increase pollinator abundance/diversity

Increase pollination, Blueberry, Increase avg. berry weight, Increase avg. number of mature seeds, increase fruit yield

Increase natural enemy abundance/diversity

Decrease in pest abundance

Plot establishment expensive


Flower strips

Provide necessary resources for beneficial insects

Increase pollination and reduce pest abundance in fruit crops

Plot establishment expensive

Government funds/incentives for growers

Increase demand for native seeds may bring down cost

By Brett Blaauw