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Pest Manag Sci. 2007 Oct;63(10):943-53.

Ecological network analysis: an application to the evaluation of effects of pesticide use in an agricultural environment.

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School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. peter.andras@ncl.ac.uk

Abstract

Ecological network analysis is used to evaluate the impact of pesticide use on ecological systems in the context of agricultural farmland environments. The aim is to provide support for the design of effective and minimally damaging pest control strategies. The ecological network analysis can identify species that are important to the integrity of the ecological network. The methodology can be used to monitor the impact of shifts in terms of types of pesticide used on the ecological system. The authors' intention is to use this methodology to provide supporting evidence for the UK Voluntary Initiative programme aimed at convincing farmers voluntarily to make improved choices in the use of a wide range of pesticides.

PMID:
17729240
DOI:
10.1002/ps.1347
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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