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29 July 2021
A recent paper by Beaumelle, L., Auriol, A., et al., published in the online journal Ecological Solutions and Evidence, examines how the benefits of increased cover crop diversity for predators and biological pest control depend on the landscape context. In agricultural areas, increasing plant diversity is a powerful method to strike the balance between food production and biodiversity preservation. Increased plant diversity at the local scale could assist biological pest management. Such fav...
8 July 2021
An article recently published in the Ardeola journal presents an overview of the environmental objectives of Spanish agriculture. The paper called “Environmental Objectives of Spanish Agriculture: Scientific Guidelines for their Effective Implementation under the Common Agricultural Policy 2023-2030” provides a set of scientific guidelines for the effective implementation of sustainable agricultural practices in Spain in accordance with the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for 2023-2030. A...
24 March 2021
A recent Horizon Magazine article on biodiversity awareness features SHOWCASE project coordinator Prof. David Kleijn of Wageningen University and Research (WUR). In the article called "People have started to care about insects. Now we need action, say experts" Prof. Kleijn talks about perceptions of the general public towards biodiversity loss and the main aims of the SHOWCASE project as a tool for raising biodiversity awareness amongst different categories of stakeholders. More and more peop...
12 March 2021
A webinar titled "Striking the right chord to support nature-friendly farming" took place within Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA) 2021 Solutions Week. The webinar took place on 9 March, and enjoyed a large number of attendees. SHOWCASE partner from WWF European policy office (WWF EPO) Jabier Ruiz hosted the webinar, and one of the webinar speakers was Lena Luise Schaller from The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU). Two inspiring success stories of nature...
26 February 2021
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the travel-related setbacks it has imposed on researchers all over the world, SHOWCASE still manages to begin field work!  The first samplings in the Spanish experimental biodiversity area (EBA) took place in the Guadalquivir valley. Researchers are currently monitoring which pollinators visit fruit trees in different farms. The motive for this monitoring activity is to find out what the biodiversity statusquo in the EBA is by the time the project begins...
4 December 2020
Leading scientists in the field of agro-ecology and socio-economy join forces with farmer and citizen science networks, and organisations working in nature conservation. Newly funded EU Horizon 2020 project SHOWCASE aims to deliver new insight and innovative tools facilitating the agricultural sector’s transition towards more sustainable farming, and thus help meet wider societal needs. The project’s kick-off meeting took place online on 2-4 December 2020. Representatives of the 21 pa...
1 November 2020
SHOWCASE has been officially approved to receive funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 862480.  SHOWCASing synergies between agriculture, biodiversity and Ecosystem services to help farmers capitalising on native biodiversity (SHOWCASE) is dedicated to the integration of biodiversity into farming practices. In the next five years the project will aim to deliver new insight and innovative tools facilitating the agricultu...
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