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Multi-functional role of field margins in arable farming

Report for European Crop Protection Association

Abstract

The report shows that field margins can be multifunctional in character, not only providing seminatural habitat for biodiversity, including pollinators for crops and the predators or agricultural pests, but also reducing the effects of runoff and soil erosion. The report also shows that there are many different types of multifunctional margins across Europe that can be adapted to the wide variety of soil-landscape-climate combinations. Since some of these provide benefits to cropped fields, in terms of pollination services or pest control, the implications are that they can be part of a more integrated approach to agricultural production, which integrates the innovations of agronomy and pest management in cropped fields.

Author(s): Lawrence, A, Hackett, M

Journal: Report for European Crop Protection Association

Year: 2014

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