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ARTHROPOD COMMUNITIES IN RIPARIAN GRASS BUFFERS AND ADJACENT CROPS

dc.contributor.advisorDively, Galenen_US
dc.contributor.authorNelson, Jessica Lynnen_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-10-11T05:42:57Z
dc.date.available2008-10-11T05:42:57Z
dc.date.issued2008-05-31en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/8495
dc.description.abstractRiparian buffers composed of either native warm season or non-native cool season grasses are commonly planted alongside crop fields. Although their water quality function is well documented, few studies have examined grass buffers as habitat for arthropod communities. The aerial and epigeal arthropods were surveyed using pitfall traps and sticky cards to assess the effects of both grass types on community structure in the buffer and adjacent crop. I predicted that warm season grasses would provide favorable habitat for more diverse and abundant arthropod populations, particularly natural enemies. The weight of evidence did not support my prediction and suggests that cool season grass buffers provide equivalent, if not better habitat for arthropods than warm season grasses. Coupled with higher food quality, cool season species green-up much earlier than warm season grasses in the spring and provide food resources for many herbivores and natural enemies.en_US
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dc.titleARTHROPOD COMMUNITIES IN RIPARIAN GRASS BUFFERS AND ADJACENT CROPSen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMarine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciencesen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledBiology, Entomologyen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledAgriculture, Generalen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledBiology, Ecologyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledagroecologyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledriparian buffersen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledarthropod diversityen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledarthropod communityen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrollednatural enemiesen_US


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