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Communicating Biodiversity to Farmers
Two metrics for informing farmers about the biodiversity on their land are presented in a recent Swiss study: average species richness...
Farmland Biodiversity Monitoring Costs Estimated
Monitoring biodiversity on farms is vital for conservation policies but how much does it cost?...
Cropping System Diversity Balances Productivity, Profitability
One of the key challenges of the 21st century is developing ways of producing sufficient amounts of food while protecting both environmental...
A New Measure of Biodiversity
Phylogenetic analysis gives a much more complex and complete picture of the diversity of Australia's national plant. A new approach...
Tracking Gene Activity When Honey Bees Do and Don't Eat Honey
Many beekeepers feed their honey bees sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup when times are lean inside the hive. This practice has come...
Contributing Practices for On-Farm Management of Agrobiodiversity
The Convention on Biological Diversity ([CBD] 1992) breaks down conservation into ex situ and in situ conservation....
Land-use Intensity, Effects of Organic Farming on Biodiversity
Organic farming, in which insecticides, herbicides and inorganic fertilizers are entirely or largely avoided, is generally thought...
Increasing Homogeneity of Food Supply Warns of Serious Implications
According to a new study, worldwide spread of a standard globalised diet is putting more food on the dinner table, but at the expense...
Fertilization Destabilizes Global Grassland Ecosystems
A new study demonstrates that fertilization of natural grasslands -- either intentionally or unintentionally as a side effect of global...
Making Biodiverse Agriculture Part of a Food-secure World
Is biodiverse agriculture an anachronism? Or is it a vital part of a food-secure future? ...
Loss of Biodiversity Limits Toxin Degradation
You might not think of microbes when you consider biodiversity, but it turns out that even a moderate loss of less than 5 per cent...
Uncovering the Drivers of Honey Bee Colony Declines, Losses
EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit organization that focuses on local conservation and global health issues, announced the results of...
Herbicides May Not Be Sole Cause of Declining Plant Diversity
The increasing use of chemical herbicides is often blamed for the declining plant biodiversity in farms. However, other factors beyond...
Biodiversity: Two-thirds of Netherlands Suffer from Environmental Pressure
Two-thirds of natural areas in the Netherlands suffer from at least one of four key environmental pressures including nitrogen pollution,...
Flower Power Protects Organic Lettuce Fields
In the language of flowers, sweet alyssum means “worth beyond beauty.” Now findings by Agricultural Research Service horticulturist...
 
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