5. Soil Fertility, Biodiversity and Pest Management

  1. Geoff M. Gurr3,
  2. Steve D. Wratten4,
  3. William E. Snyder5 and
  4. Donna M. Y. Read6
  1. Miguel A. Altieri1,
  2. Luigi Ponti2 and
  3. Clara I. Nicholls1

Published Online: 15 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118231838.ch5

Biodiversity and Insect Pests: Key Issues for Sustainable Management

Biodiversity and Insect Pests: Key Issues for Sustainable Management

How to Cite

Altieri, M. A., Ponti, L. and Nicholls, C. I. (2012) Soil Fertility, Biodiversity and Pest Management, in Biodiversity and Insect Pests: Key Issues for Sustainable Management (eds G. M. Gurr, S. D. Wratten, W. E. Snyder and D. M. Y. Read), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118231838.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 3

    EH Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation (Charles Sturt University and NSW Department of Primary Industries), PO Box 883 Orange, NSW 2800, Australia

  2. 4

    Bio-Protection Research Centre, PO Box 84, Lincoln University, Lincoln 7647, New Zealand

  3. 5

    Department of Entomology, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington 99163, USA

  4. 6

    Charles Sturt University, PO Box 883 Orange, New South Wales, Australia

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley, USA

  2. 2

    Laboratorio Gestione Sostenibile degli Agro-Ecosistemi (UTAGRI-ECO), Agenzia nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l'energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile (ENEA), Centro Ricerche Casaccia, Via Anguillarese 301, 00123 Roma, Italy and Center for the Analysis of Sustainable Agricultural Systems (CASAS), Kensington, CA 94707, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470656860

Online ISBN: 9781118231838



  • soil fertility, biodiversity and pest management;
  • agroecosystem health optimisation;
  • synergism, soil fertility management and IPM;
  • above-ground and below-ground, of ecosystems;
  • soil fertility, plant resistance to insect pests;
  • soil nitrogen on crop damage, indirect effects;
  • insect herbivore dynamics;
  • organically fertilised systems, soil fertility practices;
  • soil biological activity, and significance


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Healthy Soils, Healthy Plants

  • Interactions between Above-Ground and Below–Ground Biodiversity

  • Soil Fertility and Plant Resistance to Insect Pests

  • Indirect Effects of Soil Nitrogen on Crop Damage by Arthropods

  • Dynamics of Insect Herbivores in Organically Fertilised Systems

  • Synergies between Plant Diversity, Natural Enemies and Soil Fertility

  • Conclusions

  • References