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Urban ecology: its nature and challenges.

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Discussions on urban ecology, as provided in this book, provide information on many foundational elements and formative forces in action in urban environments. In addition, the information provided demonstrates the importance and implications of urbanization-induced changes to the interactions between people and nature. However, it suggests that the importance of urban green spaces in enhancing ur...


Chapter 12 (Page no: 193)

Ecology of insects and other arthropods in urban agroecosystems.

In cities around the world, agriculture in urban and peri-urban areas (i.e. areas immediately adjacent to, or surrounding, a city or urban area) provides an important source of fresh and affordable foods and offers an opportunity for urban dwellers to connect to nature and their community. Urban agroecosystems also provide important habitats in urban environments to support biodiversity and ecosystem services. The often-complex vegetation composition and structure of urban agroecosystems can further support associated biodiversity to thereby support ecosystem functions such as natural pest control and pollination. Of particular importance for these services are insects and other arthropods. As forms of urban agriculture (henceforth referred to as UA) are increasingly popular, the number of arthropod ecology studies in urban agroecosystems has increased accordingly. In this chapter we review these studies to inform how much we know about the local and landscape factors that affect these important organisms, their ecological interactions, and the ecosystem services they provide in urban agricultural systems. This knowledge has the potential to inform city planning policies that would help manage urban spaces within and around UA to boost biodiversity and maximize crucial ecosystem regulating services for sustainable local food production.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Urban ecology: what is it and why do we need it? Author(s): Grimm, N. B.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 15) How urban forest composition shapes the structure and function of arthropod communities. Author(s): Martinson, H. M. Raupp, M. J. Frank, S. D.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 37) Wildlife in the city: human drivers and human consequences. Author(s): Lerman, S. B. Narango, D. L. Andrade, R. Warren, P. S. Grade, A. M. Straley, K.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 67) Urban plant ecophysiology. Author(s): Sonti, N. F.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 85) Urban biodiversity: between elsewhere-nature and the post-wild world. Author(s): Johnson, L. R.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 100) Protecting pollinators in the urban environment. Author(s): Kuder, L. J. Barranco, L. M. Engelsdorp, D. van
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 122) Urban ecology as an integrative science and practice. Author(s): Pickett, S. T. A. Grove, J. M. Ladeau, S. L. Rosi, E. J. Cadenasso, M. L.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 144) Ecology of urban climates: the need for landscape biophysics in cities. Author(s): Youngsteadt, E. Terando, A. J.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 160) The green cities movement: progress and future challenges. Author(s): Kelcey, J. G.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 176) Light pollution: how urban conditions influence ecological interactions. Author(s): Zuria, I. Castellanos, I. Barbosa, P.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 184) Citizen science in urban habitats. Author(s):
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 214) Future prospects and challenges in urban ecology. Author(s): Langellotto, G. A.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Department of Environmental Studies, Seattle University, Seattle, Washinghton, USA.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2020
  • ISBN
  • 9781789242607
  • Record Number
  • 20203509918