The impact of short rotation coppice (SRC) willow on insect diversity


Abstract: This paper analyses the potential value of SRW plantations as habitat useful for improving invertebrate biodiversity. A three-year study (2008-2010) showed the abundance and diversity of insects (both predators and herbivores) populating a plantation in Field Experimental Station Winna Góra, Poland. 2561 insects belonging to 7 orders and 27 families were recorded. The most abundant taxa were Coleoptera and Diptera. The study highlighted the importance of SRW plantations as suitable habitats to enhance insect diversity.

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