Mario V Balzan

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InstitutionMalta college of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST)
Postal addressInstitute of Applied Sciences
 Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST)
Office phone0035923987801
Mobile phone0035679730423
Job /  professional statusProfessor/Lecturer
Preferred COLOSS theme(s)   Environment,Diversity & Conservation
Research interestscrop pollination
 wild bees
 landscape ecology
 ecological modelling
PublicationsBalzan M.V. (2008) The distribution of two dragonfly species in the Maltese Islands: Orthetrum trinacria Selys and Trithemis annulata Palisot de Beauvois (Odonata: Libellulidae). Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Malta, 1, 91-96.
Balzan M.V. & Moonen A-C (2012) Management strategies for the control of Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) damage in open-field cultivations of processing tomato in Tuscany (Italy). EPPO Bulletin, 42(2), 217-225.
Balzan M.V. (2012) Associations of dragonflies (Odonata) to habitat variables within the Maltese Islands: A spatio-temporal approach. Journal of Insect Science, 12, 87.
Balzan M.V. & Wackers F.L. (2013) Flowers to selectively enhance the fitness of
a host-feeding parasitoid: Adult feeding by Tuta absoluta and its parasitoid
Necremnus artynes. Biological Control, 67(1), 21-31.
Balzan M.V., & Moonen A-C (2014) Field margin vegetation enhances biological
control and crop damage suppression from multiple pests in organic tomato
fields. Entomologia Applicata et Experimentalis, 150(1), 45-65.
Balzan M.V., Bocci G., & Moonen, A-C (2014) Augmenting flower trait diversity
in wildflower strips to optimise the conservation of arthropod functional groups
for multiple agroecosystem services. Journal of Insect Conservation, 18, 713-
Balzan M.V., Potschin, M. & Haines-Young, R. (2016) Place-based Assessment
of Small Islands' Ecosystem Services In: Haines-Young, R., Potschin, M., Fish,
R., Turner, R.K. (eds). Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services. Routledge
Handbook Series. Routledge, London and New York, pp 138-141. ISBN: 978-1-
Bull, J.W., Jobstvogt, N., Böhnke-Henrichs, A., Mascarenhas, A., Sitas, N.,
Baulcomb, C., Lambini, C.K., Rawlins, M., Baral, H., Zähringer, J., Carter-Silk,
E., Balzan, M.V., Kenter, J.O., Häyhä, T., Petz, K., Koss, R. (2016) Strengths,
Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats: A SWOT analysis of the ecosystem
services framework. Ecosystem Services 17, 99–111.
Balzan M.V., Bocci G., & Moonen, A-C (in press) Landscape complexity and
field margin vegetation diversity enhance natural enemies and reduce herbivory
by Lepidoptera pests on tomato crop. BioControl.
Balzan M.V., Bocci G., & Moonen, A-C (in press) Wildflower strips enhance the
conservation of natural enemies and tomato yield in a field experiment.
Entomologia Applicata et Experimentalis