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Faculty Spotlight

Doug Tallamy Professor of Entomology

Dr. Tallamy studies researches how plants that evolved elsewhere impact food webs and biodiversity. He speaks nationwide about his concerns that the approach to gardening must change. He contends the widespread planting of ornamental plants, native to other parts of the world, is creating ecosystem-wide problems.


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Non-native plants in homeowners’ yards endanger wildlife, UD researchers report

Human-dominated landscapes are one of the most rapidly expanding and least-understood ecosystems on Earth. Historically, in urban areas, landowners convert native plant communities into habitats dominated by non-native species. While less susceptible to pest damage and demanding less maintenance, non-native plants are extremely poor at supporting insects — critical food for higher order consumers like birds.

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Tallamy native versus non-native

Insect catering 

There is a growing body of research supporting the use of native plants in landscaping to preserve local biodiversity and sustain native wildlife populations. Doug Tallamy has worked for several decades to understand the need for natives in the landscape, examining their value to native insects in urban food webs. He has focused on insect use of native vs. non-native landscape plants. In a recent study, Tallamy and several other researchers examined how nativar traits may affect insect feeding.

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