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Press Release 11-139

Landscape Change Leads to Increased Insecticide Use in U.S. Midwest

Growth of cropland, loss of natural habitat to blame

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Image of a ladybeetle.

Ladybeetles thrive in more diverse landscapes; they suppress pests and reduce insecticide use.

Credit: Kurt Stepnitz/MSU


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Maps of the Midwest showing landscape simplification on left and relative insecticide use on right.

Simplified landscapes, with lots of cropland and little natural habitat, promote crop pests.

Credit: Tim Meehan/UW-Madison


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Image of a field of soybean.

Fields with soybean crops dominate large areas of U.S. midwestern landscapes.

Credit: Julie Doll, MSU/NSF KBS LTER Site


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Image of a field of corn.

Other major agricultural crops in the U.S. midwest include corn.

Credit: Julie Doll, MSU/NSF KBS LTER Site


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Image of sticky paper used to sample insects.

Insect-sampling to determine role of landscape composition on insect predators.

Credit: Julie Doll, MSU/NSF KBS LTER Site


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