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

Walsh, James Bruce - (jbwalsh) jbwalsh at email.arizona.edu
Thu Oct 15 15:06:26 EDT 2015


Very interesting article, thanks for posting!

Bruce Walsh
University of Arizona
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Subject: [Leps-l] Wildlife-friendly farming increases crop yield: evidence for ecological intensification

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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