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Reconciling agricultural production with biodiversity conservation


Dr Paolo Bàrberi is Professor of Agronomy and Field Crops and Head of the Agroecology Group at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), an internationally-renowned university in Pisa, Italy (ranked number 3 in the world among small universities, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings). Professor Bàrberi is a founding member and Vice-President of Agroecology Europe and has written over 300 publications on topics in agrobiodiversity and agroecology.

Dr Anna-Camilla Moonen is an Assistant Professor at SSSA. Dr Moonen is a member of the editorial board of Weed Research, has co-ordinated a number of national and EU projects focussing on the use of functional biodiversity for sustainable agriculture, and has written widely in this area.



Publication date:

Q3 2020

Length of book:

280 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786763488

Hardback - £150.00
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Biodiversity refers to the variety of species and the habitats on which they depend. More intensive, monocultural agriculture has been associated with a decline in diversity of habitat and plant species which leads to corresponding declines in diversity of insect, bird and mammal species. There is mounting evidence that a more biodiverse landscape improves ecosystem services which benefits farmers. This collection summarises the wealth of research on ways of improving biodiversity in agricultural landscapes, with a focus on temperate agriculture.

The first part of this volume assesses general issues such as ways reconciling agricultural production and biodiversity in grassland management. It also reviews landscape approaches to biodiversity conservation, mapping and modelling biodiversity as well as assessing the economic value of biodiversity conservation practices. Part 2 reviews management practices promoting biodiversity such as field margins, hedgerows, the role of agroecological practices such as Conservation Agriculture, as well as improved pasture management and agroforestry.

Key features

  • Covers the theoretical framework underpinning biodiversity conservation in agriculture: landscape approaches, methods for mapping and modelling biodiversity, and ways of assessing the economic value of biodiversity conservation practices 
  • Comprehensive review of the range of biodiversity conservation practices such as field margins, hedgerows, agroforestry and improved grassland management
  • Includes case studies of successful biodiversity conservation programmes

Table of contents

Part 1 Methods to study biodiversity in agroecosystems
1.Landscape approaches to biodiversity conservation in agriculture: Ulrich Stachow, Leibniz Center for Agricultural Landscape and Land Use Research (ZALF), Germany;
2.Mapping biodiversity in agricultural landscapes: Maria Luisa Paracchini, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Italy;
3.Modelling biodiversity in agriculture: Geoff Squire, James Hutton Institute, UK;
4.Assessing the economic value of agricultural biodiversity: Corrado Topi, Stockholm Environment Institute - The University of York, UK;
5.Functional agrobiodiversity for the provision of agroecosystem services: Paolo Bàrberi, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy;

Part 2 Management practices to support agroecosystem services
6.The role of field margins for biodiversity conservation in agroecosystems: Alicia Cirujeda, CITA - University of Zaragoza, Spain;
7.The role of hedgerows for agroecosystem health: Audrey Alignier, INRA, France;
8.Reconciling production and biodiversity in management of pastures and grasslands: Sylvain Plantureux, University of Lorraine, Nancy, France;
9.The importance of agroforestry systems in supporting biodiversity conservation and agricultural production: Maria-Rosa Mosquera-Losada, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain;