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Tuesday, February 7 • 3:40pm - 4:00pm
Technical Session. The Nebraska Beneficial Insect Protection Plan, a Current Conservation Effort

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AUTHORS: Judy Wu-Smart, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Entomology

ABSTRACT: Beneficial insects provide critical ecological services such as pollination (bees, butterflies, beetles), pest control (natural enemies), nutrient cycling (dung beetles, soil dwellers), bioremediation and biological indicators (aquatic insects) of the quality of our environmental surroundings. In addition, insects play a critical role in the food web and provides a food source for many amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Therefore, protecting beneficial insect communities is vitally important in the preservation of our ecosystem and sustainability of land and wildlife stewardship. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Issue Team is leading a conservation effort in collaboration with numerous organizations and industry partners to develop a protection plan that will provide research-based best management practice guidelines and educational programing to promote healthier and more balanced ecosystems.

Tuesday February 7, 2017 3:40pm - 4:00pm CST