An Italian research: more ants in organic vineyards (IT)


Ants living underground, in the anthills, create numerous tunnels that allow air to circulate through the soil, making the land more productive for the benefit of agriculture, something that many ignore. Some types of ants prey on and kill other insects that feed on some crops.  Regarding these insects,  a recent study published in the journal Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment has found that organic vineyards in Italy support more species of ants than conventionally managed vineyards. For the comparison study, researchers chose organic and conventional vineyards that utilized similar soil management practices such as the frequency of tillage and that were surrounded by similar habitats. Their results demonstrated that the number of ants and species per unit area were greater in the organic vineyards as compared to their conventional counterparts. The authors attribute this difference is largely due to the use of insecticides in the conventional vineyards.


Source: The Organic Center