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Pesticide Use on Cereals and the Survival of Grey Partridge Chicks: A Field Experiment
M. R. W. Rands
Journal of Applied Ecology
Vol. 22, No. 1 (Apr., 1985), pp. 49-54
Published by: British Ecological Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2403325
Page Count: 6
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(1) A field experiment was undertaken to test whether the herbicides and fungicides used on cereal fields reduce the chick survival of grey partridges. (2) Mean brood size and the abundance of insects as food for partridge chicks were significantly higher where small areas of cereal fields were left unsprayed than on completely sprayed fields. (3) The implications of these findings for the conservation of the grey partridge are discussed.
Journal of Applied Ecology © 1985 British Ecological Society