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Creating Corporate and Residential Landscapes Without Destroying Indigenous Ecosystems ​

Wednesday, June 6, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Cindy Slone
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For Immediate Release

 

NEWARK, DELAWARE—Creating Corporate and Residential Landscapes Without Destroying Indigenous Ecosystems

 

A study out of the University of Delaware has determined specific considerations useful in guarding localized ecosystems as our ever-advancing society requires more and more green space to be developed for residential housing and corporate expansion.

Douglas Tallamy illustrates a list of concerns and how to address them successfully in an eco-friendly manner in his article entitled “Creating Living Landscapes: Why We Need to Increase Plant/Insect Linkages in Designed Landscapes”, published in HortTechnology.

In the article, Tallamy recognizes the need for societal expansion, but pinpoints the negative repercussions to our surrounding ecosystems— necessary for sustaining regional and planetary life—if left unchecked. He provides steps to take and considerations to keep in mind meant to proliferate the health of our developed living and corporate spaces. Paramount in his findings is a proper evaluation of why and how specialized food relationships determine the stability and complexity of the local food webs that support animal diversity, and why yards and gardens must contribute to the ecosystems that sustain us.

He cautions against the pervasive practices of ignoring the importance of regional and localized plant life that has evolved naturally in concert with local insect and animal life. Obliterating any part of such a delicate interconnection could produce an instability that would be difficult to rectify.

“We must find ways to create built landscapes that contribute to, rather than destroy, local ecosystem function,” says Tallamy.

The complete article is available on the HortTechnology electronic journal web site: http://horttech.ashspublications.org/content/27/4/446.abstract?sid=5bb25338-2a50-4254-bac5-7e3b0cbf0d1f.

For more information, contact Dr. Douglas Tallamy in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at The University of Delaware at dtallamy@udel.edu.

Founded in 1903, the American Society for Horticulture Science (ASHS) is the largest organization dedicated to advancing all facets of horticulture research, education, and application. More information at ashs.org.

 


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