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Predatory arthropods in apple orchards across Europe: Responses to agricultural management, adjacent habitat, landscape composition and country
(Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 2019-01-15)
Local agri-environmental schemes, including hedgerows, flowering strips, organic management, and a landscape rich in semi-natural habitat patches, are assumed to enhance the presence of beneficial arthropods and their ...
Management trade‐offs on ecosystem services in apple orchards across Europe: Direct and indirect effects of organic production
(Journal of Applied Ecology, 2018-11-12)
Apple is considered the most important fruit crop in temperate areas and profitable production depends on multiple ecosystem services, including the reduction of pest damage and the provision of sufficient pollination ...
Screening of eco-friendly thinning agents and adjusting mechanical thinning on ‘Gala’, ‘Golden Delicious’ and ‘Fuji’ apple trees
(Scientia Horticulturae, 2018-05-30)
Fruit thinning is the most important yet difficult practice that drives orchard profitability. High labor costs and difficulty to improve return bloom by hand thinning have left chemical thinning as the main method used ...