Natural enemies can support sustainable agriculture
Helena, what is your thesis about?
My dissertation is about the effect of agricultural land-use and management intensity on the distribution of natural enemies as spiders, ground beetles and parasitoids in the agricultural landscape. Natural enemies perform biological pest control which might reduce the application of pesticides and consequently the environmental effects caused by pesticides. It is therefore important to favour natural enemies to gain a more sustainable agriculture.
Why did you choose to work with this project?
I was interested in both ecology and agriculture. And I have always been interested in both natural and social science. As a PhD student in environmental science I have been somewhere between these two sciences which has suited me well.
About the thesis and thesis defence
Find more information about the thesis here: Natural enemies: Functional aspects of local management in agricultural landscapes
Opponent is Barbara Ekbom (prof).
The thesis defence takes place in the Blue Hall, Ekologihuset, Sölvegatan 37 at 10.00 on Friday 22 May.
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