Carabids and other beneficial arthropods in cereal crops and permanent grasslands and influence of field and landscape parameters
Grasslands and crops are two important environments in agricultural landscapes. Grasslands are renowned for improving wild biodiversity in crops, especially carabids. These beetles are of particular interest to us because they participate in biological control by predation of crop pests. I therefore sampled two habitats in an agricultural landscape: a cultivated environment, the straw cereal, and another more perennial, the permanent meadows.
Thus, I am looking at the complementarities that can exist between the ground beetle communities between these two environments when they are adjacent. I am particularly interested in the life traits of species and the impact of the landscape on the communities sampled in both environments.
Damien Massaloux – Agroecology and Environment Unit