17. Natural Enemies and Insect Outbreaks in Agriculture: A Landscape Perspective

  1. Pedro Barbosa2,
  2. Deborah K. Letourneau3 and
  3. Anurag A. Agrawal4,5
  1. J. Megan Woltz,
  2. Benjamin P. Werling and
  3. Douglas A. Landis

Published Online: 29 JUN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118295205.ch17

Insect Outbreaks Revisited

Insect Outbreaks Revisited

How to Cite

Woltz, J. M., Werling, B. P. and Landis, D. A. (2012) Natural Enemies and Insect Outbreaks in Agriculture: A Landscape Perspective, in Insect Outbreaks Revisited (eds P. Barbosa, D. K. Letourneau and A. A. Agrawal), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118295205.ch17

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Entomology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 USA

  2. 3

    Environmental Studies Department, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 USA

  3. 4

    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 USA

  4. 5

    Department of Entomology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Entomology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824 USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 JUN 2012
  2. Published Print: 27 JUL 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444337594

Online ISBN: 9781118295205



  • natural enemies and insect outbreaks, landscape perspective;
  • using natural enemies for insect outbreak suppression;
  • natural enemies, destruction through cultural practices;
  • natural enemies, a critical ecosystem service;
  • landscape configuration, connectivity and patch size;
  • predator biology and landscape trait interaction;
  • landscape structure, influencing natural enemy communities;
  • multifunctional landscapes and stakeholder design, feasible


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Landscape influences on natural enemies and herbivore suppression

  • Scales at which landscapes influence natural enemies and outbreaks

  • Interaction of predator biology and landscape traits

  • Managing agricultural landscapes to prevent insect outbreaks

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgments

  • References