Rubidium labelling demonstrates movement of predators from native vegetation to cotton

David Perovic, Geoffrey Gurr, Aaron Simmons, Anantanarayanan Raman

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Abstract

We employed rubidium labelling to track the movement of arthropod naturalenemies from a shelterbelt into an adjacent cotton field. Findings demonstratethat Dicranolaius bellulus (Coleoptera: Melyridae) and Oxyopes spp. (Araneae:Oxyopidae) move from the shelterbelt into the crop interior. Capture ofrubidium-marked arthropod-predators within the cotton field provides the firsthard evidence that semi-natural perennial habitats such as shelterbelts on cottonfarms in Australia act as a resource for arthropod predators in adjacent crops.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1143-1146
Number of pages4
JournalBiocontrol Science and Technology
Volume21
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011

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