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Record number 536401
Title Complementarity and synergisms among ecosystem services supporting crop yield
Author(s) Garibaldi, Lucas A.; Andersson, Georg K.S.; Requier, Fabrice; Fijen, Thijs P.M.; Hipólito, Juliana; Kleijn, David; Pérez-Méndez, Néstor; Rollin, Orianne
Source Global Food Security 17 (2018). - ISSN 2211-9124 - p. 38 - 47.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gfs.2018.03.006
Department(s) Nature Conservation and Plant Ecology
PE&RC
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Keyword(s) Biodiversity - Ecosystem functioning - Pest control - Pollination - Regulatory services - Soil fertility
Abstract Understanding how ecosystem services interact to support crop yield is essential for achieving food security. Here we evaluate the interactions among biotic pest regulation, pollination, and nutrient cycling. We found only 16 studies providing 20 analyses of two-way interactions. These studies show that multiple services limit crop yield simultaneously. Complementary effects (no interactions) between ecosystem services were the most common, followed by synergistic effects (positive interactions), while evidence for negative interactions was weak. Most studies evaluated two levels of service delivery, thus did not quantify the functional response of crop yield. Although this function is expected to be non-linear, most studies assume linear relations. We conclude that the lack of evidence for negative interactions has important implications for agricultural management.
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