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
Bolger, Tom
Breen, John
Connolly, John
Curry, Jim
Kelly-Quinn, Mary
Schmidt, Olaf
Schulte, Rogier
Whelan, John
et al.
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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 biodiversityEgroecologyFarming practiceBeneficial populationsBio-indicatorsPollinationPredationSoil fertilityPlant productionFunctional redundancy
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Agriculture and Food Science Research Collection

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