Type: Book

Instant Insights: Biodiversity management practices


Scott worked for Manitoba Agriculture as an agricultural extension specialist for over 23 years, before creating Fall-Line-Capital Inc - a company which invests in farmland and the latest agricultural technologies. Scott continues to enjoy international speaking opportunities, and contributing to Agronomy books and publications, most recently with the FAO/United Nations, the University of Adelaide, No-Till Farmer Magazine, and The Western Producer.



Publication date:

19 April 2022

Length of book:

126 pages

ISBN-13: 9781801464024

Paperback - £37.99
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This collection features four peer-reviewed literature reviews on biodiversity management practices in agriculture.

The first chapter reviews biodiversity management practices and benefits in Conservation Agriculture (CA) systems. After looking at the importance of soil microorganisms, the chapter looks at how CA systems contribute to soil biological activity, particularly the way cover crops and rotations, with a no-till regime, can enrich soil and the multitude or organisms living in it.

The second chapter synthesizes and reviews the published information on grass hedges and their soil benefits, to better understand the potential of grass hedges for managing water erosion as well as improving soil health in agricultural lands.

The third chapter reviews research on ways of modifying the agricultural landscape to reverse the decline in a range of fauna and flora. The chapter also reviews the characteristics and types of field margins, as well as their role in agroecosystems. The chapter concludes with a discussion on managing field margins to promote insect biodiversity and rare arable plant populations.

The final chapter considers the impact of agricultural intensification on agricultural landscapes, farming systems and biodiversity. The chapter highlights how hedgerows can contribute to the multifunctionality of agroecosystems in intensively-managed agricultural landscapes, focussing on improved pest regulation and enhanced pollination services.

Table of contents

Chapter 1 - Biodiversity management practices and benefits in Conservation Agriculture systems: Scott Day, Treelane Farms Ltd, Canada; Ademir Calegari, Agricultural Research Institute of Paraná State (IAPAR), Brazil; Alessandra Santos, Marcus Cremonesi, Lilianne Maia and Wilian Demetrio, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil; and Marie L. C. Bartz, Coimbra University, Portugal; 1 Introduction 2 Soil microorganisms and their importance 3 Effects of cropping practices on soil biodiversity and ecosystem functioning 4 Effectiveness of diversified CA cropping systems 5 Case study: biodiversity management practices and benefits in CA systems in South-West Manitoba (Canada) 6 Where to look for further information 7 References
Chapter 2 Conservation grass hedges and soil health parameters: Humberto Blanco-Canqui, University of Nebraska, USA; 1 Introduction 2 Erosion 3 Soil properties 4 Food, feed and fuel production 5 Biodiversity or wildlife habitat 6 Factors affecting the performance of grass hedges 7 Summary 8 Future trends 9 Where to look for further information 10 References
Chapter 3 The role of field margins in biodiversity conservation in agroecosystems: Alicia Cirujeda and Gabriel Pardo, Centro de Investigación y Tecnología Agroalimentaria de Aragón (CITA-Universidad de Zaragoza), Spain; 1 Introduction 2 Options for promoting biodiversity in agricultural landscapes 3 Field margins: characteristics and types 4 The role of field margins in agroecosystems 5 Managing field margins to promote insect biodiversity 6 Managing field margins to promote rare arable plants, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals 7 Conclusions 8 Where to look for further information 9 References
Chapter 4 The role of hedgerows in supporting biodiversity and other ecosystem services in intensively managed agricultural landscapes: Audrey Alignier, Léa Uroy and Stéphanie Aviron, INRAE, France; 1 Introduction 2 What is a hedgerow? 3 The role of hedgerows as habitat for biodiversity 4 Hedgerows and hedgerow networks 5 Hedgerows and ecosystem services 6 Case study: hedgerow plantation and bocage restoration enhance biodiversity and other ecosystem services 7 Summary and future trends 8 Where to look for further information 9 References