[Leps-l] Wildlife-friendly farming increases crop yield: evidence for ecological intensification

Neil Jones neil at aurinia.co.uk
Thu Oct 15 14:56:54 EDT 2015

Ecological intensification has been promoted as a means to achieve 
environmentally sustainable increases in crop yields by enhancing 
ecosystem functions that regulate and support production. There is, 
however, little direct evidence of yield benefits from ecological 
intensification on commercial farms growing globally important 
foodstuffs (grains, oilseeds and pulses). We replicated two treatments 
removing 3 or 8% of land at the field edge from production to create 
wildlife habitat in 50–60 ha patches over a 900 ha commercial arable 
farm in central England, and..................................


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