Perennial field margins with combined agronomical and ecological benefits for vegetable rotation schemes

George, David, Croft, Patricia, Northing, Phil and Wäckers, Felix (2010) Perennial field margins with combined agronomical and ecological benefits for vegetable rotation schemes. Landscape Management for Functional Biodiversity IOBC wprs Bulletin, 56. pp. 45-48.

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A 5 year project is underway in the UK which is looking to build upon previous research to combine the biodiversity and pest-control benefits of perennial field margins across a
horticultural rotation, providing growers with a direct economic benefit in addition to expected subsidies from stewardship schemes. Key to the success of this project is the selection of flowering plant species for inclusion in experimental field margins that will provide multiple benefits in terms of promoting functional agro-biodiversity. For this purpose a combination of margin plant species have been selected that ensure supply of nectar, pollen, bird food and shelter and alternative prey for natural enemies. This paper focuses on the plant selection process used to formulate a suitable margin seed mix. An outline of the project as a whole, including longer-term aims and objectives, is also provided.

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Additional Information: Working Group "Landscape Management for Functional Biodiversity". Preceedings of the meeting at Cambridge (UK), 22 June – 1 July, 2010. Edited by: John Holland, Bärbel Gerowitt, Maarten van Helden, Walter Rossing, Michael Poehling, Wopke van der Werf, Andrew Ferguson and Claire Lavigne. ISBN 978-92-9067-230-2 [vi + 146 pp.]
Subjects: C900 Others in Biological Sciences
D700 Agricultural Sciences
D900 Others in Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
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Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2012 11:37
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2023 13:20

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