What factors of weed communities in organic farms most affect natural enemy (i.e., insect predators of insect pests) communities? In what ways do these effects affect yield of different crop species? How do hyperparasitoids (i.e., parasitoids of predators/parasitoids) affect/dampen these trophic cascades?
- Lyon, N.J. and Blubaugh, C. The Enemy of my Enemy: Utilizing Diverse Weed Communities to Recruit Insect Predators for Insect Pest Suppression on Organic Farms. South Carolina Entomological Society. Columbia SC, October 2019. Awarded Best Poster Presentation.