Does landscape complexity influence the conservation of natural enemies of brassica pests?
Without supporting landscapes local scale habitat manipulation will not yield desirable pest control. Therefore, a study will be conducted with two questions in consideration: 1) how the local and landscape habitats interact in case of arthropods for brassica vegetables? and 2) is weather variation impose any effect on the interaction among the habitat types in different climatic zones? To find the answers, landscape will be integrated with arthropod data. Percentage of landscape features around every field will be calculated from Google Earth images by analysing them in ArcGIS 10.6. Then arthropod data will correlate with land use proportion and weather data by using appropriate linear model in R.
Principal Supervisor: Professor Geoff Gurr, School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Orange, NSW.
Co-supervisor: Olivia Reynolds, Team Leader, Cesar Australia Pty Ltd, Vic
Australia Awards Scholarship and Charles Sturt University