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Journal Articles Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences Year : 2024

Distance functions of carabids in crop fields depend on functional traits, crop type and adjacent habitat: a synthesis

1 SLU - Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
2 JMU - Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
3 Agroscope
4 Centre for Ecological Research [Budapest]
5 BTU - Brandenburg University of Technology [Cottbus – Senftenberg]
6 CZU - Czech University of Life Sciences Prague
7 University of Würzburg
8 BOKU - Universität für Bodenkultur Wien = University of Natural Resources and Life [Vienne, Autriche]
9 Universität Wien = University of Vienna
10 DYNAFOR - Dynamiques et écologie des paysages agriforestiers
11 ECOSYS - Ecologie fonctionnelle et écotoxicologie des agroécosystèmes
12 FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture - Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau
13 Landspcape Dynamics and Biodiversity Program [Solsona, Spain]
14 CEBC - Centre d'Études Biologiques de Chizé - UMR 7372
15 LTSER «Zone Atelier Plaine & Val de Sevre» [France]
16 CSIC - Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas = Spanish National Research Council
17 CREAF - Centre for Ecological Research and Applied Forestries
18 University of Koblenz-Landau
19 CTFC - Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia [Solsona, Spain]
20 WUR - Wageningen University and Research [Wageningen]
21 EDYSAN - Ecologie et Dynamique des Systèmes Anthropisés - UMR CNRS 7058
22 NYU - New York University [New York]
23 Climate Change Institute at the Australian National University
24 IGEPP - Institut de Génétique, Environnement et Protection des Plantes
25 Tour du Valat, Research Institute for the conservation of Mediterranean Wetlands
26 BTO - British Trust for Ornithology
27 Georg-August-University = Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
28 LTSER France, Zone Atelier “Pyrénées-Garonne”
29 BioForum Vlaanderen
30 AAUR - Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University = PMAS-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi
31 University of Kaiserslautern-Landau
Matthias Albrecht
Michal Knapp
Jochen Krauss
Louis Sutter
Michael A Nash
Gavin M Siriwardena
Matthias Tschumi
Laura van Vooren
Martin H Entling
Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter
Jens Schirmel


Natural pest and weed regulation are essential for agricultural production, but the spatial distribution of natural enemies within crop fields and its drivers are mostly unknown. Using 28 datasets comprising 1204 study sites across eight Western and Central European countries, we performed a quantitative synthesis of carabid richness, activity densities and functional traits in relation to field edges (i.e. distance functions). We show that distance functions of carabids strongly depend on carabid functional traits, crop type and, to a lesser extent, adjacent non-crop habitats. Richness of both carnivores and granivores, and activity densities of small and granivorous species decreased towards field interiors, whereas the densities of large species increased. We found strong distance decays in maize and vegetables whereas richness and densities remained more stable in cereals, oilseed crops and legumes. We conclude that carabid assemblages in agricultural landscapes are driven by the complex interplay of crop types, adjacent non-crop habitats and further landscape parameters with great potential for targeted agroecological management. In particular, our synthesis indicates that a higher edge–interior ratio can counter the distance decay of carabid richness per field and thus likely benefits natural pest and weed regulation, hence contributing to agricultural sustainability.
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hal-04411491 , version 1 (23-01-2024)





Fabian A Boetzl, Douglas Sponsler, Matthias Albrecht, Péter Batáry, Klaus Birkhofer, et al.. Distance functions of carabids in crop fields depend on functional traits, crop type and adjacent habitat: a synthesis. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 2024, 291 (2014), ⟨10.1098/rspb.2023.2383⟩. ⟨hal-04411491⟩
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