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  • Beneficial arthropods find winter sanctuary in uncultivated field edges, study finds

    Researchers stand in a natural area with prairie plants in the background.

    U. of I. entomology professor Alexandra Harmon-Threatt and former doctoral student Scott Clem found that field edges with a diversity of plants sustain a diversity of beneficial insects, spiders and other arthropods that help keep pest species populations in check.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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  • Editor’s notes

    To reach Scott Clem, email carlc2@illinois.edu.

    To reach Alexandra Harmon-Threatt, email aht@illinois.edu.

    The paper “Field borders provide winter refuge for beneficial predators and parasitoids: A case study on organic farms” is available online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.

    DOI: 10.1093/jisesa/ieab027