Influences of extreme weather, climate, and pesticide use on invertebrates in cereal fields over 42 years

Published on Nov 1, 2015in Global Change Biology8.88
· DOI :10.1111/gcb.13026
Julie A. Ewald8
Estimated H-index: 8
(Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust),
Christopher J. Wheatley4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust)
+ 4 AuthorsMichael B. Morecroft1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Natural England)
Cereal fields are central to balancing food production and environmental health in the face of climate change. Within them, invertebrates provide key ecosystem services. Using 42 years of monitoring data collected in southern England, we investigated the sensitivity and resilience of invertebrates in cereal fields to extreme weather events and examined the effect of long-term changes in temperature, rainfall and pesticide use on invertebrate abundance. Of the 26 invertebrate groups examined, eleven proved sensitive to extreme weather events. Average abundance increased in hot/dry years and decreased in cold/wet years for Araneae, Cicadellidae, adult Heteroptera, Thysanoptera, Braconidae, Enicmus and Lathridiidae. The average abundance of Delphacidae, Cryptophagidae and Mycetophilidae increased in both hot/dry and cold/wet years relative to other years. The abundance of all 10 groups usually returned to their long-term trend within a year after the extreme event. For five of them, sensitivity to cold/wet events was lowest (translating into higher abundances) at locations with a westerly aspect. Some long-term trends in invertebrate abundance correlated with temperature and rainfall, indicating that climate change may affect them. However, pesticide use was more important in explaining the trends, suggesting that reduced pesticide use would mitigate the effects of climate change.
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Estimated H-index: 5
Volker H. W. Rudolf28
Estimated H-index: 28
(Rice University),
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Estimated H-index: 13
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Estimated H-index: 23
(Rothamsted Research),
L. J. Alderson2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Rothamsted Research)
+ 7 AuthorsR. Harrington41
Estimated H-index: 41
(Rothamsted Research)
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Estimated H-index: 9
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Estimated H-index: 32
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Estimated H-index: 1
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Estimated H-index: 26
(BOKU: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna),
Laura Simmer1
Estimated H-index: 1
(BOKU: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna)
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Estimated H-index: 4
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Estimated H-index: 19
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Estimated H-index: 27
(RHUL: Royal Holloway, University of London)
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Lorena Vieli1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Eva Diehl6
Estimated H-index: 6
(University of Giessen),
Elvira Sereda4
Estimated H-index: 4
(University of Giessen)
+ 1 AuthorsKlaus Birkhofer28
Estimated H-index: 28
(Lund University)
Aphids are among the most severe invertebrate pests of crops and cause high economic losses. The control of aphids by natural enemies is an essential ecosystem service with high relevance to management strategies applied in agricultural plant production and horticulture. However, the current knowledge on the effectiveness of specialist and generalist predators in aphid control with respect to host plants and climatic conditions has not yet been summarized in a meta-analytical approach. We collec...
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Estimated H-index: 19
(Rothamsted Research),
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Estimated H-index: 1
(Rothamsted Research)
+ 5 AuthorsJason W. Chapman30
Estimated H-index: 30
(University of Exeter)
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Estimated H-index: 4
(University of Rennes),
Jean-Sébastien Pierre15
Estimated H-index: 15
(University of Rennes)
+ 1 AuthorsJacques J. M. van Alphen36
Estimated H-index: 36
(University of Rennes)
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Louise Mair5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Ebor: University of York),
Chris D. Thomas84
Estimated H-index: 84
(Ebor: University of York)
+ 3 AuthorsJane K. Hill54
Estimated H-index: 54
(Ebor: University of York)
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Estimated H-index: 39
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Estimated H-index: 30
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Estimated H-index: 23
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Estimated H-index: 10
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Estimated H-index: 2
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Estimated H-index: 28
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Estimated H-index: 7
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Estimated H-index: 23
(UNR: University of Nevada, Reno),
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Estimated H-index: 34
(UT: University of Tennessee)
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Estimated H-index: 5
(UC Davis: University of California, Davis)
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Estimated H-index: 15
(UNR: University of Nevada, Reno),
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Estimated H-index: 21
(Lund University)
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Estimated H-index: 12
(Glas.: University of Glasgow)
As urban areas continue to grow, understanding how species respond and adapt to urban habitats is becoming increasingly important. Knowledge of the mechanisms behind observed phenotypic changes of urban-dwelling animals will enable us to better evaluate the impact of urbanization on current and future generations of wildlife and predict how animals respond to novel environments. Recently, urban ecology has emerged not only as a means of understanding organismal adaptation but also as a framework...
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Estimated H-index: 8
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Estimated H-index: 7
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Estimated H-index: 5
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(AMNH: American Museum of Natural History)
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