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WE | Articles | Volume 19, issue 1
Web Ecol., 19, 15–26, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/we-19-15-2019
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the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Web Ecol., 19, 15–26, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/we-19-15-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Standard article 16 Jan 2019

Standard article | 16 Jan 2019

Keep your enemies closer: enhancing biological control through individual movement rules to retain natural enemies inside the field

Thomas Delattre et al.
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Natural enemies often originate from the (semi)natural habitats surrounding agricultural fields. In many cases, the biological control service is limited to the field borders, where the natural enemies can move easily from the surrounding habitats. This work uses movement rules and individual-based models to explore how the habitat quality of the field and its surroundings may be modified to help natural enemies move inside the field and therefore improve biological control.
Natural enemies often originate from the (semi)natural habitats surrounding agricultural fields....
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