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Climate change and insect pests.

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Chapter 8 (Page no: 136)

Climate change effects on agricultural insect pests in Europe.

In this chapter, we will discuss observations of climate change effects on agricultural pests in Europe, the possible mechanisms behind these observed effects and finally delve into more detail through some relatively well studied model species (the Colorado potato beetle and the rape beetle). Direct effects of climate change on agricultural pests in Europe are difficult to dissect from all the human-induced changes that have taken place in parallel with an increased mean annual temperature. During the past decade, agriculture has become more professionalized in terms of land use, crop cultivation techniques and pest management strategies. We review the effect of climate change on agricultural pests by comparing the speed of range expansion of pest species to non-pest species. It seems that the poleward range shift has been faster for pest than non-pest species. We attribute this partly to the globalization of agriculture as human-assisted movement has broken many natural dispersal barriers. Since the biology of many pest species is relatively poorly studied, direct conclusions on how climate change has affected the biological processes of pests are challenging to make.

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Chapter: 3 (Page no: 38) Adaptive responses of plants to insect herbivores under climate change. Author(s): Rasmann, S. Pellissier, L.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 54) Boreal woody species resistance affected by climate change. Author(s): Julkunen-Tiitto, R. Nybakken, L. Randriamanana, T. Virjamo, V.
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Chapter: 6 (Page no: 92) Physiological variation of insects in agricultural landscapes: potential impacts of climate change. Author(s): Terblanche, J. S. Karsten, M. Mitchell, K. A. Barton, M. G. Gibert, P.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 119) Climate change and biological control in agricultural systems: principles and examples from North America. Author(s): Eigenbrode, S. D. Davis, T. S. Crowder, D. W.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 154) Abiotic factors, climatic variability and forest insect pests. Author(s): Neuvonen, S. Virtanen, T.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 173) Responses of tree-killing bark beetles to a changing climate. Author(s): Raffa, K. F. Aukema, B. H. Bentz, B. J. Carroll, A. L. Hicke, J. A. Kolb, T. E.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 202) The Eurasian spruce bark beetle: the role of climate. Author(s): Økland, B. Netherer, S. Marini, L.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 220) Pine wood nematode, pine wilt disease, vector beetle and pine tree: how a multiplayer system could reply to climate change. Author(s): Roques, A. Zhao LiLin Sun JiangHua Robinet, C.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 235) Northern geometrids and climate change: from abiotic factors to trophic interactions. Author(s): Ammunét, T. Bylund, H. Jepsen, J. U.
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Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Centre of Excellence in Biological Interactions Research, Department of Biological and Environmental Science, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2015
  • ISBN
  • 9781780643786
  • Record Number
  • 20153325840