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

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.

Team
Principal Investigator
José Manuel Herrera Vega

José Manuel Herrera Vega

Position: Collaborator
Group:
APPLECOL
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Researchers
Luís Miguel Nunes Valente Afonso Reino

Luís Miguel Nunes Valente Afonso Reino

Position: Post-Doc Researcher
Group:
APPLECOL
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Pedro Beja

Pedro Beja

Position: Associate Director of Operations, Fund Raising and Knowledge Transfer
Groups:
APPLECOL, COMPBIO
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Students
Pedro Alexandre Marques da Silva Salgueiro

Pedro Alexandre Marques da Silva Salgueiro

Position: PhD Student
Group:
APPLECOL
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Sasha Marques de Vasconcelos

Sasha Marques de Vasconcelos

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