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Insect biodiversity

Insect biodiversity can be used as an indicator of health of the ecosystem and for assessing how changes in the population may affect agricultural production or the sustainability of productivity. Insects are crucial in the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems and can have both beneficial and negative consequences for agriculture.

In agricultural production, insects play an important role in plant reproduction and also may help maintain a balance of pest population1.

1Kevan et al., 1999

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