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AGRO-ECOSERVICES - Assessing Ecosystem Services and Disservices provided by Arthropod species in Azorean Agroecosystems

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    The data we present are part of the AGRO-ECOSERVICES project (Assessing Ecosystem Services and Disservices provided by Arthropod species in Azorean Agroecosystems) that aims to combine novel, direct and quantitative tools for monitoring agro-biodiversity, ecosystem services (ES; natural pest control by predation, pollination, decomposition, herbivory on invasive plants) and disservices (ED; predation on beneficial arthropods, herbivory on native and crop plants), and evaluating the relative importance of native and non-native organisms as ES/ED providers. Active Aerial Searching (only in maize-fields) and Pitfall traps were used to sample the arthropod biodiversity (pollinators and predatory spiders, true-bugs and beetles and main insect pests) on three agricultural habitats of Terceira Island, namely citrus orchards, maize fields and vineyards. This publication contributes not only to a better knowledge of the arthropods present in agro-ecosystems of Terceira Island, but will also contribute as a baseline for future monitoring schemes in Azorean agroecosystems targeting the long-term change on arthropod diversity and abundance