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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:

22 September 2020

Length of book:

280 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786763488

Hardback - £150.00
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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.

Reconciling agricultural production with biodiversity conservation provides an authoritative review of current biodiversity conservation practices, including field margins, agroforestry systems, hedgerows and improved pasture and grassland management. The collection additionally summarises the theoretical framework that underpins biodiversity conservation in agriculture, dedicating chapters to key developments in areas such as landscape approaches, mapping and modelling diversity, as well as ways of assessing the economic value of biodiversity conservation practices.

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.Mapping biodiversity in agricultural landscapes: Maria Luisa Paracchini, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Italy;
2.Modelling biodiversity in agriculture: Geoff Squire, James Hutton Institute, UK;
3.Assessing the economic value of agricultural biodiversity: Corrado Topi, Stockholm Environment Institute - The University of York, UK;
4.Functional agrobiodiversity for the provision of agroecosystem services: Paolo Bàrberi, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy;

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