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The Heterogeneity of Underlying Vegetation Increases Arthropoda Diversity

Authors: James H. Speer, Indiana State University, Blake Bantle*, Indiana State University, Hilary Howard, Indiana State University, Addison Blaydes*, Indiana State University, Claudia Cozadd, Indiana State University, Katya Drake, Indiana State University
Topics: Biogeography
Keywords: Biogeography, Biodiversity, Arthropoda, Organic
Session Type: Poster
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We analyzed the diversity of pollinators and their habitats at four locations with varying age in organic production. We expected to find a higher biodiversity where organic practices were used longer. The sites included the Indiana State University Community Garden, a conventional agricultural site, White Violet Center’s organic farm, and a pollinator habitat. Observations of arthropoda and plants were recorded through iNaturalist by five observers for three days each week for at least two hours for twenty-four days. Biodiversity for arthropoda was calculated using Shannon’s index. The community garden had the highest arthropoda biodiversity, followed by the organic farm, then pollinator habitat, and the conventional agriculture site having the least. The heterogeneity of plants at a site increased the biodiversity.

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