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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 4 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 330 publications on topics in sustainable agriculture, agrobiodiversity and agroecology.

Dr Anna-Camilla Moonen is an Assistant Professor in Agronomy and Field Crops at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA). She is a member of the editorial board of Weed Research and her research focuses on agroecological co-design of sustainable cropping systems with a special interest in field margin management, the use of cover crops to manage weed communities, and functional agrobiodiversity in arable and horticultural cropping systems for integrated weed and pest management. She has written over 110 publications in this area.



Publication date:

22 September 2020

Length of book:

282 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786763488

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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

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What others are saying...

"This book provides an excellent synthesis of conservation practices...The book has insightfully blended constructive concepts supported by well-recognised models and case studies on how to manage agricultural production and biodiversity...I strongly recommend this brilliant book to students, scientists, managers, policymakers and politicians engaging in biodiversity conservation in the agricultural landscape globally."
Journal of Nature Conservation

Table of contents

Part 1 Methods to study biodiversity in agroecosystems
1.The challenge of monitoring biodiversity in agricultural landscapes at the EU level: M. L. Paracchini, European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Italy; S. Condé, European Topic Centre on Biological Diversity – Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, France; R. D’Andrimont, European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Italy; B. Eiselt, European Commission, Eurostat, Luxembourg, Luxembourg; O. Fernandez Ugalde, E. Gervasini and A. Jones, European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Italy; V. Kovacevic, European Commission, DG Environment, Belgium; R. Oppermann, Institut für Agrarökologie und Biodiversität (IFAB), Germany; A. Orgiazzi, M. Van der Velde, C. Polce and C. Rega, European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Italy; C. Van Swaay, De Vlinderstichting, The Netherlands; and P. Voříšek, Czech Society for Ornithology, Czech Republic;
2.Modelling biodiversity in agriculture: G. R. Squire, James Hutton Institute, UK;
3.Assessing the economic value of agricultural biodiversity: a critical perspective: Corrado Topi, Stockholm Environment Institute at York, Department of Environment and Geography and Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre, University of York, UK; and Leonie J. Pearson, Stockholm Environment Institute, Thailand;
4.Functional biodiversity for the provision of agroecosystem services: Paolo Bàrberi and Anna-Camilla Moonen, Institute of Life Sciences – Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy;

Part 2 Management practices to support agroecosystem services
5.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;
6.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;
7.Reconciling production and biodiversity in management of pastures and grasslands: Sylvain Plantureux, Université de Lorraine, INRAE, LAE, France;
8.The importance of agroforestry systems in supporting biodiversity conservation and agricultural production: a European perspective: M. R. Mosquera-Losada, J. J. Santiago-Freijanes, A. Rigueiro-Rodríguez, F. J. Rodríguez-Rigueiro, D. Arias Martínez, A. Pantera and N. Ferreiro-Domínguez, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain;