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Record number 547310
Title Ecological Intensification: Bridging the Gap between Science and Practice
Author(s) Kleijn, D.; Bommarco, Riccardo; Fijen, T.P.M.; Garibaldi, Lucas A.; Potts, Simon; Putten, W.H. van der
Source Trends in Ecology and Evolution 34 (2018)2. - ISSN 0169-5347 - p. 154 - 166.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2018.11.002
Department(s) PE&RC
Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation
Laboratory of Nematology
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Abstract There is worldwide concern about the environmental costs of conventional intensification of agriculture. Growing evidence suggests that ecological intensification of mainstream farming can safeguard food production, with accompanying environmental benefits; however, the approach is rarely adopted by farmers. Our review of the evidence for replacing external inputs with ecosystem services shows that scientists tend to focus on processes (e.g., pollination) rather than outcomes (e.g., profits), and express benefits at spatio-temporal scales that are not always relevant to farmers. This results in mismatches in perceived benefits of ecological intensification between scientists and farmers, which hinders its uptake. We provide recommendations for overcoming these mismatches and highlight important additional factors driving uptake of nature-based management practices, such as social acceptability of farming.
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