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Patterns of Soil Arthropod Community in Different Zones of Olive Cultivation in Crete, Greece

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Vasileios D. Gkisakis*, Elisavet Georgopoulou, Emannouil Kabourakis

Olive and Agroecological Production Systems Laboratory, Department of Agriculture School of Agricultural Sciences, Hellenic Mediterranean University, Heraklion, Crete, Greece.

*Corresponding author: Vasileios D. Gkisakis


Olive production is a major agricultural activity for the Mediterranean basin. However, the knowledge on biodiversity patterns in olive agroecosystems is not sufficient known for important taxa like soil arthropods, in order to support sustainable farming approaches. In the present study, we hypothesised that different zones of olive cultivation, namely hills and plains, would be discriminated with regards to their effect on ground-dwelling arthropods, confirming previous research contacted in the same area of interest (Crete, Greece) but expanded in terms of production periods, study sites and by focusing on important taxa, like Coleoptera. The comparisons in terms of arthropod total abundance, richness and diversity, delivered statistically significant differences between orchards in hills and plains; arthropod diversity appeared to be seasonally higher in hills, although total abundance and richness were similar for both zones. Abundance of specific taxa were significantly different for three taxa in autumn, as well as for another four coleopteran families, while in spring difference appeared for six taxa, and six coleopteran families. The results were comparable with the previous study conducted in the area, indicating the discriminatory effect of the cultivation zones when arthropod biodiversity is considered. Further research would be required to confirm the interaction and the subsequent importance of agroecological attributes, like landscape, expecting to provide a biodiversity-based framework for olive farming.


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Patterns of Soil Arthropod Community in Different Zones of Olive Cultivation in Crete, Greece

How to cite this paper: Vasileios D. Gkisakis, Elisavet Georgopoulou, Emannouil Kabourakis. (2021) Patterns of Soil Arthropod Community in Different Zones of Olive Cultivation in Crete, Greece. International Journal of Food Science and Agriculture5(2), 233-240.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/ijfsa.2021.06.005

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