I am doing a PhD on the use of rice fields by waterbirds. One of our
hypothesis is that birds are less frequent on old paddies (with several
years of rice cultivation on them) than in youngs (first year of rice
cultivation). Because of the successive use of pesticides and ploughing
that may affect communities of Invertebrates, old paddies may be then
less interesting for insectivorus birds.
Does anyone aware of papers dealing with impact of successive ploughing
and pesticide use on soil Invertebrate fauna?
Christophe Tourenq <tourenq at tour-du-valat.com>
Rizières et Conservation de la Nature
Station Biologique Tour du Valat
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