The significance of biodiversity in agriculture: relevance, aims and progress of the Ag-Biota Project
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|Title:||The significance of biodiversity in agriculture: relevance, aims and progress of the Ag-Biota Project||Authors:||Purvis, Gordon
|Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/10045||Date:||1-Jan-2005||Online since:||2019-04-18T10:49:19Z||Abstract:||We describe and review the scientific and policy background with respect to the impact of agriculture on biodiversity and outline the structure and objectives of the Ag-Biota Project. The latter is a large, multiinstitutional study funded by the ERTDI Programme (2000–2006) under the aegis of the National Development Plan. As such, Ag-Biota represents an ongoing commitment to the protection and conservation of biodiversity, and the integration of policy towards the achievement of these goals in all economic sectors. Ag-Biota is addressing directly the practical needs for agri-environmental policy development, such as the need to identify suitable biodiversity indicators for agriculture and begin the development of realistic and practical monitoring and assessment methods; is focussing on the development of ecological understanding concerning the more effective utilisation of beneficial biological populations and processes within the agro-ecosystem; and is asking more fundamental ecological questions concerning the functional role and significance of biological diversity in community structures. The Ag-Biota project represents a suitably policy-focussed response to, and a considerable investment in, the needs of Irish biodiversity research within the context of modern agriculture. As such, we feel that the project is a good model for future biodiversity research, addressing the need for information and an appropriate knowledge base to support practical environmental protection measures.||Funding Details:||Environmental Protection Agency||Type of material:||Journal Article||Publisher:||UCD, Faculty of Agriculture||Journal:||Tearmann - the Irish Journal of Agri-Environmental Research||Volume:||4||Start page:||29||End page:||50||Keywords:||Monitoring and managing biodiversity; Egroecology; Farming practice; Beneficial populations; Bio-indicators; Pollination; Predation; Soil fertility; Plant production; Functional redundancy||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed|
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