Native plants and ecosystem services. The Ecological Society of America www.frontiersinecology.org. Ecosystem services. Processes by which the environment produces resources timber clean water habitat for fisheries pollination of native and agricultural plants AMES
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Almost all beneficial insects require food in the form of nectar and/or pollen from flowers
for beneficial arthropods
Habitat management efforts to support beneficial insects are based on the establishment of flowering plants to provide pollen/nectar through the majority of the year
Low complexity – impoverished/depleted insect populations
Long establishment period
Availability of seed
More research needed
Screening native plants involves evaluating plants based on the number of beneficial arthropods on and around plants.
Specific species are recommended based on bloom period and the relative adaptation to the environment.
Native plants are important in agricultural landscape because they outcompete non-native plants
In 2004 and 2005 plants were screened that were native to Michigan.
A total of 48 species were screened, with 43 being native and 5 being non-native to the area.
Of these 48 plants, 26 were considered highly ranked when evaluated during the blooming season.
Ranking was based on the number of predators, parasitiods, and native bees found on or near each plant.
Landscape context-is the aspect of a land characteristic of a particular region
Arthropod conservation plantings-programs aimed at enhancing an area to sustain a high population of beneficial arthropods