Hoverfly diversity supported by vineyards and the importance of ground cover management

Pétremand, Gaël (Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland ; School of Engineering, Architecture and Landscape (hepia), HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Speight, Martin C. D. (Department of Zoology, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland) ; Fleury, Dominique (Direction générale de l'agriculture et de la nature, Service de l'agronomie, République et Canton de Genève, Genève, Switzerland) ; Castella, Emmanuel (Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland ; Department F.-A. Forel for environmental and aquatic sciences, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland) ; Delabays, Nicolas (School of Engineering, Architecture and Landscape (hepia), HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland)

The association of hoverflies with vineyards and the response of the species to different types of ground cover management were investigated in two Swiss vineyards sampled using Malaise and emergence traps from March to July 2014. Eight of the 21 species collected in emergence traps, some of them with conservation interest, were identified as having a high association with vineyards. The most diverse fauna was found with ground cover of spontaneous, ruderal vegetation, which provided for, in particular, aphid-feeding species living in the grass-root zone. Plots in which there was no ground vegetation lacked these species. Sowing a grassy mixture of seeds, which resulted in a complete cover of ground vegetation, was not found to promote richness and abundance of hoverflies, and was interpreted as a “barrier” to development of syrphid biodiversity in vineyards. The various ground vegetation treatments studied were found to promote almost only polyvoltine aphidophagous species, except a few phytophagous species and univoltine species whose larvae live in the soil. Thus, management of ground cover in vineyards can have a significant impact on abundance of hoverfly populations and spontaneous vegetation in the ground cover can maximise hoverfly diversity. Although hoverflies have no evident role in biological control in vineyards, vineyards can be regarded as potential reservoirs of beneficial insects to populate other crops.


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Article Type:
scientifique
Faculty:
Ingénierie et Architecture
School:
HEPIA - Genève
Institute:
inTNE - Institut Terre-Nature-Environnement
Date:
2017-01
Pagination:
9 p.
Published in:
Bulletin of Insectology
Numeration (vol. no.):
2017, vol. 1, pp. 147-155
ISSN:
1721-8861
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