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Agroecoservices

Artropod agroecoservices in several Azorean Habitats

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Some arthropods can cause damage to crops by consuming part of the plant or fruit. However, many others can provide beneficial services in agro ecosystems, such as pollination, pest control, and decomposition. Beetles, ants, and spiders are important predators that can help keep pests in check. Planting strips of a flowering plants within the orchard can help attract these beneficial arthropods, and it could potentially decrease the need to apply pesticides.

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