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Record number 327520
Title A concept of food-web structure in organic arable farming systems
Author(s) Smeding, F.W.; Snoo, G.R. de
Source Landscape and Urban Planning 65 (2003). - ISSN 0169-2046 - p. 219 - 236.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/S0169-2046(03)00058-6
Department(s) Biological Farming Systems
Nature Conservation and Plant Ecology
PE&RC
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2003
Keyword(s) skylarks alauda arvensis - winter-wheat fields - southern england - population-dynamics - natural enemies - carabid beetles - pest-management - soil - agroecosystems - bioindicators
Abstract A proposal for a descriptive or topological farm food web is derived from field observations and from references in literature. Important themes in the food-web theory are tentatively applied to this preliminary model, explaining differences between local farm food-web structures and how they are related to farm and/or ecological infrastructure (EI) management. Predictions are made for four different farm food-web structures for extremes of farm and environmental gradients corresponding to the length of organic duration and amount/quality of El. The implications with regard to farming practices and nature conservation are that both organic duration and the amount/quality of ecological infrastructure may contribute to ecosystem services and nature conservation. However, an optimisation of the farm food web with regard to ecosystem services, may possibly run counter to nature conservation goals. (C) 2003 Published by Elsevier Science B.V.
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