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Are farmers interested in involving landscape complexity in their pest regulation strategies?

Salliou, Nicolas and Barnaud, Cécile and Monteil, Claude and Vialatte, Aude and Choisis, Jean-Philippe Are farmers interested in involving landscape complexity in their pest regulation strategies? (2016) In: International Conference on Ecological Sciences - Sfécologie 2016, 24 October 2016 - 28 October 2016 (Marseille, France). (Unpublished)

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Scientific findings in landscape ecology suggest that a patchy landscape with a high proportion of semi-natural elements favors insect pest biological control by conservation of natural enemies' habitats. However, little is known about how farmers perceive landscape effect on natural enemies and pests and if they might be interested in integrating such pest control strategy in their practices. In order to better understand how farmers perceive such potential innovation, we initiated a research-action in south-West France in an area specialized in apple production. In a first step, through individual interviews with thirty farmers and other stakeholders involved in local agriculture, we analyzed how they perceived the landscape and natural enemies. In a second step, we engaged in a participatory modelling of their socio-ecological system about biological regulation in order to explore landscape management scenarios. Our results clearly indicate that even though natural enemies are regularly part of pest control strategies, all interviewed stakeholders do not perceive the landscape as providing any benefit from landscape influence on natural enemies. Our scenarios explorations with stakeholders suggest that, even though a complex landscape may significantly enhance functional biodiversity on farms, stakeholders do not relate it to significant benefits for farmers. Our results question the feasibility of a landscape management to enhance pest regulation. They show the relevance to include stakeholders' perception before any innovation diffusion process.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
ProdINRA Id:385644
Audience (conference):International conference without published proceedings
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Institution:French research institutions > Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - INRA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
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