The effects of soil tillage on beneficial invertebrates within the vineyard
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
© 2008 The Authors Journal compilation © 2008 The Royal Entomological Society
Agricultural and Forest Entomology
Volume 10, Issue 3, pages 233–243, August 2008
How to Cite
Sharley, D. J., Hoffmann, A. A. and Thomson, L. J. (2008), The effects of soil tillage on beneficial invertebrates within the vineyard. Agricultural and Forest Entomology, 10: 233–243. doi: 10.1111/j.1461-9563.2008.00376.x
- Issue published online: 10 JUL 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Accepted 15 December 2007First published online 18 June 2008
- natural enemies;
- pest control
1 Tillage, commonly used in agroecosystems, can influence the abundance of invertebrates through factors such as habitat change and food availability.
2 The effects of tillage on the composition and abundance of invertebrates were examined in a vineyard near Mildura in Victoria, Australia, focusing particularly on groups that might act as natural enemies in vineyards. We used pitfall traps at ground level and sticky traps in the canopy.
3 The collections were first sorted to order. Beetles (Coleoptera) were sorted to family and ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) to genus.
4 Ants were the only group to be affected by tillage when all months were considered. The same genera occurred in both treatments but the abundance of several genera was reduced by tillage. Families of several beetles, including predators, increased in tilled areas. Spider, millipede, centipede and earwig numbers were decreased by tillage. In the canopy, Trichogrammatidae and other parasitoids decreased in abundance after tillage.
5 These results indicate that tillage influences the composition of invertebrates and has the potential to negatively affect the abundance of beneficial groups.