Importance of linear landscape elements for biodiversity

 

In intensely used agricultural landscapes linear habitat elements (e.g. hedgerows, field margins) can be important for sustaining biodiversity. A high diversity and abundance of predators such as carabid beetles and spiders might have beneficial effects on close-by agro-ecosystems as they might operate as natural pest control. The research area will be located in North-Rhine Westphalia. In cooperation with the University of Münster (Dr. Jan Thiele) we will analyse the importance of linear landscape elements for biodiversity and try to quantify their effect on ecosystem services such as pest control and pollination.

[Start in 2012; in cooperation with Dr. Jan Thiele, University of Münster]