• Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
  • Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources

    InBIO Associate Laboratory

    Research Center in  Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
 
 

 

 

 

ECOLIVES - Fostering sustainable management in Mediterranean olive farms: pest control services provided by wild species as incentives for biodiversity conservation

 

Efficient pest management is recognized as a major challenge for fostering economically profitable agroecosystems worldwide. Biocontrol services provide clear incentives for biodiversity conservation in agroecosystem as naturally occurring species can efficiently reduce populations of pests, thus reducing both crop losses to pests and the need for agrochemicals. Yet, the ecology of biocontrol services is poorly known, thus limiting our ability to understand its value and to plan their conservation and management. Using Mediterranean olive farms as case study, the overarching research goal of this project is to estimate the value of natural biological control of the Olive fruit fly (Bactrocera oleae) and the Olive fruit moth (Prays oleae) ‒the two major pests in olive farms worldwide‒, in farms following distinct pest management strategies. The project will particularly focus on the role of flying vertebrates (including both bats and insectivorous birds) biocontrol agents and will be carried out throughout the region of Alentejo, one of the main olive production region in Europe.

 
Principal Investigator:
 
 
Research Team:
 
António Paulo Pereira Mira

António Paulo Pereira Mira

Assistant Professor

 
 
 
Pedro Beja

Pedro Beja

Coordinating Researcher

 
 
Other Members:
Francisco Moreira, João Marques, José Lima Santos, Rui Morgado
 
State:
On going
 
Proponent Institution:
InBIO/UE
 
Funded by:
FCT
 
Dates:
2015
 
Participant Institutions:
Instituto de Ciências, Tecnologias e Agroambiente da Universidade do Porto, Instituto Superior de Agronomia (Lisboa)
 
Reference:
PTDC/AAG-REC/6480/2014