They make it happen! Improving biodiversity with flower strip in orchards
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) the current biodiversity loss we are witnessing is “the greatest extinction crisis since dinosaurs disappeared from our planet 65 million years ago”. It is the result of today’s industrial agricultural system and the excessive use and misuse of pesticides.
Functional agrobiodiversity (FAB) and stable ecosystems services are essential to sustaining food production and managing the impact of our agro-ecosytems on wildlife habitats and the natural environment. There are many techniques available in organic farming to improve FAB and to reduce pest damage and pesticide use. The EcoOrchard project (2014-2018) had been launched to improve our understanding of one of them: flower strips in European organic apple orchards.
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