Conserving Beneficial Insects with Native Plants

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2013-01-01
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Gill, Kelly
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O'Neal, Matthew
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Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
The Leopold Center is a research and education center on the campus of Iowa State University created to identify and reduce negative environmental and social impacts of farming and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources.
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Habitat restoration is important for conserving and protecting beneficial insect communities and sustaining the ecosystem services they provide. Thoughtful establishment of native perennial plants will provide multiple, long-term resources that beneficial insects need to persist such as nectar, pollen, nesting habitat, and overwintering sites. Native perennial plants have several advantages compared to annual exotic plants.

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