The role of ecological compensation areas in conservation biological control

G. Burgio

Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WU


Ecological compensation areas (ECAs), defined as all natural vegetation and non-crop plants within the rural landscape, are considered an important tool in multifunctional agriculture. In particular, ECAs are crucial in enhancing functional biodiversity for pest suppression and for the conservation of rare species. In my PhD thesis I focused on the role of ECAs on functional biodiversity, which is associated with the ecological services employed by the beneficial fauna. Within multifunctional agriculture, functional biodiversity is particularly aimed at establishing strategies for farmers to enhance ecosystem functioning for pest suppression and for conservation of insect diversity
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Wageningen University
  • van Lenteren, Joop, Promotor
Award date3 Sep 2007
Place of Publication[S.l.]
Print ISBNs9789085046981
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • beneficial insects
  • predators of insect pests
  • parasitoids
  • biological control agents
  • habitats
  • microhabitats
  • biodiversity
  • nature conservation
  • landscape
  • agroecological zones
  • resource management
  • agroecosystems
  • agro-biodiversity
  • functional biodiversity

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