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Published in Scientific Papers. Series B, Horticulture, Vol. LXVI, Issue 2
Written by Elena Ştefania IVAN, Roxana CICEOI, Ana Cornelia BUTCARU, Ana Maria STANCIU, Oana Alina NIŢU, Florin STĂNICĂ

Green walls are a component of urban green infrastructure and contribute to a range of ecosystem services including habitat provision for urban biodiversity, screening out aerial particulate matter, improving air quality, attenuating noise, and enhancing aesthetics of the cityscape. Insects can be the organic grower’s best friend. Whether pollinators or predators, they will help manage pests and keep urban gardens healthy. The organic growers encourage flowers, along with trees, shrubs and water, to provide a valuable and diverse ecosystem. The green wall was set in the experimental fruit field of the Faculty of Horticulture within USAMV Bucharest, at the border between the vineyard and the organic apple and cherry growing sector. Observations were made on the green wall impact on beneficial insects, as pollinators, hoverflies (Diptera), ladybirds (Coleoptera), parasitic wasps (Hymenoptera), butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera), lacewings (Neuroptera), ground beetles (Coleoptera, Carabidae). The preliminary results indicate that Lonicera japonica, Hedera helix, Mentha, Parthenocissus quinquefolia, Akebia Quinata,Campsis radicans they attract beneficial insects such as pollinators or aphid eaters.

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