This database contains bibliographic descriptions of all Wageningen University PhD theses from 1920 onwards. It is updated on a daily basis by WUR Library.
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Abstract: Ecological compensation areas (ECAs), defined as all natural vegetation and non-crop plants within the rural landscape, are considered an important tool in multifunctional agriculture. In particular, ECAs are crucial in enhancing functional biodiversity for pest suppression and for the conservation of rare species. In my PhD thesis I focused on the role of ECAs on functional biodiversity, which is associated with the ecological services employed by the beneficial fauna. Within multifunctional agriculture, functional biodiversity is particularly aimed at establishing strategies for farmers to enhance ecosystem functioning for pest suppression and for conservation of insect diversity
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