|Continent||Central and Latin America|
|Date||15 Mar 2018|
This study looks to determine the ecological and economic importance of insectivorous bats as plausible “natural insecticides” for pecan nut farming in the state of Chihuahua, the main producer in the Mexico. Furthermore, for the first time in the country, I will estimate the monetary value of this regulating service by incorporating this benefit into the pecan nut value chain. Results will increase our understanding of the ecological importance of bats to the Mexican agricultural sector and will help raise awareness on the importance of bats in the region and promote conservation strategies such as the maintenance of bat roosts and the reduction of pesticides use.
There are two main components in this research, the ecological and the economic one. The ecological component includes the evaluation of bat activity through passive monitoring and mist-netting techniques inside and outside the pecan crops as well as diet determination of bats and characterization of arthropod communities across habitats, so I can relate between available resources and bat resource exploiting. The economic component consists in surveys to farmers to determine the additional intakes they have to incur in absence of the suppression service provided by bats.
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