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3D Farming - making biodiversity work for the farmer - LK0915

Objective 1 To provide farmers with advice on field margin management to optimise integrated pest management whilst maintaining biodiversity benefits and profitability.

Objective 2 To test and further develop a novel aphid control strategy involving the manipulation of parasitoids using aphid sex pheromones in field margins

Objective 3 To develop and evaluate the use of specific native flowering plant in field margins to enhance the abundance and diversity of aphid-eating hoverflies in adjacent crops

Objective 4 To measure the effects of different field margin management options and crop husbandry practices on the abundance, dispersal and spatial distribution of aphid and beneficial insect abundance in both the margin and adjacent crops.

Objective 5 To measure the impact of recently introduced field margin management options on biodiversity of aphids and their natural enemies in these non-crop habitats.

The hypothese to be tested are:

1 That enhancement and of beneficial insect diversity within field margins will
significantly increase natural aphid control within adjacent crops.

2. That natural enemy abundance and diversity in field margins can be enhanced by field margin management and the strategic placement of pheromones and selected flowering plants.

3. That the spatial distribution patterns of pest and beneficial insects across fields will be influenced by field margin management, field size and crop husbandry practices.

NOTE - the final report is available on the HGCA site:

Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : HGCA - final report   (25k)
• Abstract : LK0915 3-D Farming - making biodiversity work for the farmer. (Increasing beneficial insect numbers and diversity in field margins for aphid control)¬†Abstract   (6k)
• Information Leaflet : 3D Farming - making biodiversity work for the farmer   (97k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2000

To: 2004

Cost: £1,134,554
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Rothamsted Research (BBSRC)
Arable Farming              
Cereal Production              
Climate and Weather              
Climate Change              
Farm Management              
LINK Programme              
Natural Resource Use              
Natural Resources and Labour              
Sustainable Farming and Food              
Sustainable Production              
Fields of Study
Arable Crops