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Title (Primary) Agricultural landscape structure and invasive species: the cost-effective level of crop field clustering
Author Drechsler, M.; Touza, J.; White, P.C.L.; Jones, G.;
Journal Food Security
Year 2016
Department OESA;
Volume 8
Issue 1
Language englisch;
POF III (all) T16;
Keywords Invasive species – Agricultural pests – Landscape fragmentation – Spatial agglomeration
UFZ wide themes RU6;
Abstract Invasive pests in agricultural settings may have severe consequences for agricultural production, reducing yields and the value of crops. Once an invader population has established, controlling it tends to be very expensive. Therefore, when the potential impacts on production may be great, protection against initial establishment is often perceived to be the most cost-effective measure. Increasing attention in the ecological literature is being given to the possibility of curbing invasion processes by manipulating the field and cropping patterns in agricultural landscapes, so that they are less conducive to the spread of pests. However, the economic implications of such interventions have received far less attention. This paper uses a stochastic spatial model to identify the key processes that influence the vulnerability of a fragmented agricultural landscape to pests. We explore the interaction between the divergent forces of ecological invasion pressure and economic returns to scale, in relation to the level of clustering of crop fields. Results show that the most cost-effective distances between crop fields in terms of reducing food production impacts from an invasive pest are determined by a delicate balance of these two forces and depend on the values of the ecological and economic parameters involved. If agricultural productivity declines slowly with increasing distance between fields and the dispersal range of the potential invader is high, manipulation of cropping structure has the potential to protect against invasion outbreaks and the farmer can gain benefit overall from maintaining greater distances between fields of similar crops.
ID 17382
Persistent UFZ Identifier https://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=17382
Drechsler, M., Touza, J., White, P.C.L., Jones, G. (2016):
Agricultural landscape structure and invasive species: the cost-effective level of crop field clustering
Food Secur. 8 (1), 111 - 121