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Agroecology publications

Below is a sample of recent peer reviewed publications by staff working in the Agroecology Group. 

  • Iannetta PPM, Young M, Bachinger J, Bergkvist G, Lopez-Bellido RJ, Doltra J, Monti M, Pappa VA, Reckling M, Topp CFE, Walker RL, Rees RM, Watson CA, James EK, Squire GR, Begg GS. 2016. A comparative nitrogen balance and productivity analysis of legume and non-legume supported cropping systems: the potential role of biological nitrogen fixation. Frontiers in Plant Science, 21 November 2016
  • Begg G.S., Cook S., Dye R., Ferrante M., Frank P., Lavigne C., Lövei G., Pell J., Petit S., Quesada N., Ricci B., Birch A.N.E. 2016 A functional overview of conservation biological control. Crop Protection.
  • Hawes C., G.S. Begg, P. Iannetta, A. Karley, G.R. Squire. 2016 A whole-systems approach for assessing measures to improve arable ecosystem sustainability. Ecosystem Health and Sustainability 2(12) article e01252
  • Wilson, A., Fenton, B., Malloch, G., Boag, B., Hubbard, S., Begg, G.S. 2016 Urbanisation versus agriculture: A comparison of local genetic diversity and gene flow between wood mouse populations (Apodemus sylvaticus) in human-modified landscapes. Ecography 39, 87-9710.1111/ecog.01297
  • Bennett, AE, Millar, N, Gedrovics, E, Karley, AJ. 2016 Plant and insect microbial symbionts alter the outcome of plant-herbivore-parasitoid interactions: implications for invaded, agricultural and natural systems. Journal of Ecology 104 (6), 1734-1744. doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12620
  • Squire GR. 2016 Limits to crop production. In: Gordon I, Prins, Squire GR (eds). Food production and nature conservation. Routledge.
  • Jeanneret P., Begg G., Gosme M., Alomar O., Reubens B., Baudry J., Guerin O., Flamm C., Wäckers F. 2016 Landscape features to improve pest control in agriculture. Solutions 7, 48–57.
  • Johnson SN, Benefer CM, Frew A, Griffiths BS, Hartley SE, Karley AJ, Rasmann S, Schumann M, Sonnemann I, Robert CAM. 2016 New frontiers in belowground ecology for plant protection from root-feeding insects. Applied Soil Ecology 108, 96-107.
  • Hawes, C. 2016 Assessing the impact of management interventions in agroecological and conventional cropping systems using indicators of sustainability. In: A.Wezel (ed.) Agroecological practices for sustainable sgriculture: Principles, Applications, and Making the Transition. Imperial College Press, London (in press).
  • Gordon I, Prins, Squire GR (eds). 2016 Food production and nature conservation. Routledge.
  • Lamichhane J.R., Aubertot J-N, Begg G.S., Birch A.N.E, Boonekamp P., Dachbrodt-Saaydeh S., Hansen J.G., Hovmøller M.S., Jensen J.E, Jørgensen L.N., Kiss J., Kudsk P., Moonen A-C., Rasplus J-Y., Sattin M., Streito J.-C., Messéan A. 2016 Networking of Integrated Pest Management in Europe and elsewhere: A powerful approach to address common challenges in agriculture. Crop Protection 89:139-151 DOI: 10.1016/j.cropro.2016.07.011
  • Squire GR, Hawes, C, Valentine T, Young MW. 2015 Degradation rate of soil function varies with trajectory of agricultural intensification. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 202, 160-167
  • Lu, Y., R. Wang, Y. Zhang, H. Su, P. Wang, A. Jenkins, R. C. Ferrier, M. Bailey, G. Squire. 2015 Ecosystem health towards sustainability. Ecosystem Health and Sustainability 1(1):2.
  • Griffiths BS, Hallett PD, Daniell TJ, Hawes C, Squire GR, Mitchell SM, Caul S, Valentine TA, Binnie K, Adeloye AJ, Rustum R, Nevison I. 2015. Probing soil physical and biological resilience data from a broad sampling of arable farms in Scotland. Soil Use and Management 31, 491-503.
  • Wilson, A.; Fenton, B.; Malloch, G.; Boag, B.; Hubbard, S.; Begg, G.S. (2014) Coexisting small mammals display contrasting strategies for tolerating instability in arable habitat. European Journal of Wildlife Research 60, 811-820
  • Burchill, W., James, E.K., Li, D., Lanigan, G.J., Williams, M., Iannetta, P.P.M., Humphreys, J. (2014). Comparisons of biological nitrogen fixation in association with white clover (Trifolium repens L.) under four fertiliser nitrogen inputs as measured using two 15N techniques. Plant and Soil 385, 287-302
  • Brooker, R.W., Bennett, A.E., Cong, W.-F., Daniell, T.J., George, T.S., Hallett, P.D., Hawes, C.,Iannetta, P.P.M., Jones, H.G., Karley, A.J., Li L., McKenzie, B.M., Pakeman, R.J., Paterson, E., Schöb, C., Shen, J., Squire, G., Watson, C.A., Zhang, C., Zhang, F., Zhang, J., White, P.J. 2014 Improving intercropping: a synthesis of research in agronomy, plant physiology and ecology. New Phytologist 206, 107–117
  • Deng, W., Hallett P.D., Dong-Sheng J., Squire, G.R., Toorop, P.E., Iannetta, P.P.M. 2014 The effect of natural seed coatings ofCapsella bursa-pastoris L. Medik. (shepherd’s purse) on soil-water retention, stability and hydraulic conductivity. Plant and Soil 387, 167-176

Selected output 2010-2013

See individual staff pages for full output from Agroecology group members. 

  • Hackett, S.C., Karley, A.J., Bennett, A.E. 2013. Unpredicted impacts of insect endosymbionts on interactions between soil organisms, plants and aphids. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 280 (1768), 1471-2954.
  • Cook, N., Hubbard, S.F., Karley, A.J., Russell J.R. 2013. Genetic diversity and complementary sex determination (CSD) in Dolerus aeneus (Hymenoptera, Symphyta): implications for the conservation of an ecologically-important sawfly. Conservation Genetics. (doi:10.1007/s10592-013-0500-0)
  • Johnson, S.N., Mitchell, C.M., McNicol, J.M., Thompson, J., Karley, A.J. 2013. Downstairs drivers – root herbivores shape communities of aboveground herbivores and natural enemies in a shrub field. Journal of Animal Ecology (doi:10.1111/1365-2656.12070)
  • Hawes, C., Evans, H.F., Stewart A.J.A. 2013. Interference competition, not predation, explains the negative association between wood ants (Formica rufa) and abundance of ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Ecological Entomology (doi:10.1111/een.12021)
  • Deng, W., Iannetta, P.P.M., Hallett, P.D., Toorop, P.E., Squire, G.R., Jeng, D-S. 2013. The rheological properties of the seed coat mucilage of Capsella bursa-pastoris L.Medik. (shepherd’s purse) Biorheology 50, 57-67. (doi:10.3233/BIR-130627)
  • Begg, G.S., Wishart, J., Young M.W., Squire, G.R., Iannetta, P.P.M. 2012. Genetic structure among arable populations of Capsella bursa-pastoris L. Medik is linked to functional traits and in-field conditions. Ecography 35, 446-457. (doi:10.1111/j.1600-0587.2011.07030.x)
  • Bingham, I.J., Karley, A.J., White, P.J., Thomas, W.T.B. and Russell, J.R. 2012.  Analysis of improvements in nitrogen use efficiency associated with 75 years of barley breeding. European Journal of Agronomy 42, 49-58.
  • Valentine, T.A., Hallett, P.D., Binnie, K., Young, M.W., Squire, G.R., Hawes, C., Bengough, A.G. 2012.  Soil strength and macropore volume limit root elongation rates in many UK agricultural soils. Annals of Botany 110, 259-270.  
  • Deng, W., Jeng, D.S., Toorop, P.E., Squire, G.R. and Iannetta, P.P.M. 2012. A mathematical model of mucilage expansion in myxospermous seeds of Capsella bursa-pastoris L. Medic (shepherd's purse). Annals of Botany 109, 419-427.
  • James, E.K., Baldani, J.I. 2012. The role of biological nitrogen fixation by non-legumes in the sustainable production of food and biofuels. Plant and Soil 356, 1–3.
  • Bagavathiannan M.V., Begg G.S., Gulden R.H., Van Acker R.C. 2012. Modelling the Dynamics of Feral Alfalfa Populations and Its Management Implications. PLoS ONE 7(6):e39440
  • Suárez-Moreno, Z.R., Caballero-Mellado, J., Coutinho, B., Mendonça-Previato, L., James, E.K., Venturi V. 2012. Common features of environmental and potentially beneficial plant-associated Burkholderia. Microbial Ecology 63, 249-266.
  • Devos, Y., Hails, R.S., Messéan, A., Perry, J.N., Squire, G.R. 2012. Feral genetically modified herbicide tolerant oilseed rape from seed import spills: are concerns scientifically justified? Transgenic Research 21, 1-21.
  • Johnson, S.N., Young, M.W., Karley, A.J. 2012.  Protected raspberry production alters aphid-plant interactions but not aphid population size. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 14, 217-224.
  • Sausse, C., Colbach, N., Squire, G.R., Young, M.W. 2012. How to manage the impact of gene flow on oilseed rape grain quality? Simulation case studies of three contrasted landscapes. European Journal of Agronomy 38, 32-42.
  • Toorop, P.E., Cuerva R.C., Begg, G.S., Locardi, B., Squire, G.R., Iannetta, P.P.M. 2012.  Co-adaptation of seed dormancy and flowering time in the arable weed Capsella bursa-pastoris (shepherd's purse). Annals of Botany 109, 481-489.
  • Clemente, M.R., Pilar Bustos-Sanmamed, P., Loscos, J., James, E.K., Pérez-Rontomé, C., Navascués, J., Gay, M., Becana, M. 2012. Thiol synthetases of legumes: immunogold localization and differential gene regulation by phytohormones. Journal of Experimental Botany 63, 3923–3934.
  • Birch, A.N.E., Begg, G.S., Squire, G.R. 2011. How agro-ecological research helps to address food security issues under new IPM and pesticide reduction policies for global crop production systems (Invited Review). Journal of Experimental Botany 62, 3251-3261.
  • Karley, A.J., Valentine, T.A., Squire, G.R. 2011. Dwarf alleles differentially affect barley root traits influencing nitrogen acquisition under low nutrient supply. Journal of Experimental Botany 62, 3917-3927.
  • Squire, G.R., Breckling, B., Pfeilstetter, A., Jorgensen, R.B., Lecomte, J., Pivard, S., Reuter, H., Young, M.W. 2011. Status of feral oilseed rape in Europe: its minor role as a GM impurity and its potential as a reservoir of transgene persistence. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 18, 111-118.
  • Bohan, D.A., Powers, S.J., Champion, G., Haughton, A.J., Hawes, C., Squire, G.R., Cussans, J., Mertens, S.K. 2011.  Modelling rotations: can crop sequences explain arable weed seedbank abundance? Weed Research 51, 422-432.
  • Cook, N., Aziz, N., Hedley, P.E., Morris, J., Milne, L., Karley, A.J., Hubbard, S.F., Russell, J.R. 2011. Transcriptome sequencing of an ecologically important graminivorous sawfly: a resource for marker development. Conservation Genetics Resources 3, 789-795.
  • Debeljak, M., Squire, G.R., Kocev, D., Hawes, C., Young, M.W., Džeroski, S. 2011.  Analysis of time series data on agroecosystem vegetation using predictive clustering trees. Ecological Modelling 222, 2524-2529.
  • Bontemps, C., Elliott, G.N., Simon, M.F., Dos Reis Júnior, F.B., Gross, E., Lawton, R.C., Neto, N.E., Loureiro, M.d., de Faria, S.M., Sprent, J.I., James, E.K., Young, J.P.W. 2010. Burkholderia species are ancient symbionts of legumes. Molecular Ecology 19, 44-52.
  • Clark, E.L., Karley, A.J., Hubbard, S.F. 2010. Insect endosymbionts: manipulators of insect herbivore trophic interactions?  Protoplasma 244, 25-51.
  • Hawes, C., Squire, G.R., Hallett, P.D., Watson, C.A., Young, M.W. 2010. Arable plant communities as indicators of farming practice. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 138, 17-26.


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