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Summer fire and agricultural pests

This recent study compared the abundance of larvae of agricultural pests in plant native grasslands in the Conservation Reserve Program. One site was burned in a wildfire in July of 2012 and the other unburned. Larval samples were collected from 1 month post-fire to 4 months post-fire. 

For a summary of the study's results and implications for management, you can download a PDF version of the research brief here.

The original paper is:

Evans, T. R., C.J.M. Musters, E.D. Cashatt, and G.R. de Snoo. 2013. Lepidoptera pest species response to mid-summer fire. Fire Ecology 9:25-32.


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