'What good are all those species that man cannot eat or sell?' (Odum, 1971). This chapter considers this question in the context of pest and disease control in Australasian vineyards. We show that species of insects and microbes that cannot be eaten or sold can have value to vineyard managers by providing tangible 'ecosystem services'. Predatory and parasitic arthropods can help supress insect pests whilst microbes, especially fungi, which are encouraged by mulching can help reduce the severity of vine diseases.
|Title of host publication||Biological control|
|Subtitle of host publication||a global perspective : case studies from around the world|
|Place of Publication||Wallingford, United Kingdom|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|