QUESSA: Quantification of ecological services for sustainable agriculture

 

QUESSA: Quantification of ecological services for sustainable agriculture

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The EU-funded project QUESSA started in February 2013 with fourteen international partners. We aim to quantify ecosystem services for sustainable agriculture focussing on the role of semi-natural habitats in a wide diversity of European cropping and farming systems. We are going to identify key semi-natural habitats providing essential ecological services such as pollination and pest control. In 16 case studies across four agro-climatic zones we will quantify the actual delivery of ecosystem services provided by semi-natural habitats. Of special interest is the impact of farm and landscape management. Moreover the project aims to determine the economic and non-monetary value of ecosystem services and to analyse the effects of spatial allocation and management using spatially explicit models. Finally, guidelines and recommendations to farmers and stakeholders should be produced.

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Our working group will conduct case studies in vegetables in Southern Palatinate. We will analyse the impact of semi-natural habitats on the ecosystem services ‘pollination’ and ‘pest control’ along a gradient of landscape diversity in conventional and organic fields.

Contact:
Prof. Martin Entling
entling@uni-landau.de
Phone 06341 – 28031537