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25 March 2022
Bees are essential for many aspects of our ecosystems, including the preservation of ecological balance and biodiversity in nature. There are more than 20.000 different bee species and around 75% of our crops depend on their pollination services. Their diversity supports the growth of a variety of trees and plants, contributing to complex ecosystems that allow many species to coexist. Their existence, however, is increasingly threatened by human-driven factors, such as the destruction of forests...
21 March 2022
SHOWCASE is dedicated to the integration of biodiversity into farming practices. To achieve this objective, farmers must be motivated to encompass their business interests with society’s sustainability goals. This calls for a multi-actor approach, ensuring that farmers, researchers, and policymakers work together to find solutions, which benefit all stakeholders. In an attempt to gain insight into the advantages and difficulties in achieving innovations through a multi-actor approach, the EU-...
9 March 2022
FAIRshare (Farm Advisory Digital Innovation Tools Realised and Shared) is an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project launched in November 2018. It aims to encourage farm and agricultural advisors to adopt existing Digital Advisory Tools and Services, enabling a more digital, productive, and sustainable agriculture. To engage directly with farm, agricultural, and forestry advisors, FAIRshare has opened a new funding call for 13 broad user cases. Lead applicants can include a farm or agricultural a...
8 March 2022
Biodiversity has been drastically affected by intensive agricultural production, resulting in the loss of public goods, such as iconic wildlife and cultural landscapes. The SHOWCASE project is dedicated to stopping this decline in biodiversity by promoting sustainable farming, which includes practices, such as the use of seed mixtures increasing biodiversity.  To better understand what the use of more diverse seed mixes implies for land managers in terms of costs, the latest newsletter f...
2 February 2022
A recently published article reviews the effects of land use heterogeneity on arthropod species richness through meta-analysis. The authors of “Increasing landscape complexity enhances species richness of farmland arthropods, agri-environment schemes also abundance – A meta-analysis”, amongst whom SHOWCASE partner Péter Batáry, analysed 29 studies that measured the effects of agri-environment systems and landscape complexity on arthropod abundance and diversity. Moreover, they distinguished b...
27 December 2021
A recently published article in the Scientific Reports journal analyses how certified organic farming and conventional farming affect the quantity and taxonomic richness of several species groups in vineyards. The authors of the article discovered that field-scale farming techniques are more important determinants of community abundance than landscape environment. Moreover, organic farming increased the number of springtails and spiders by 31.6% and 84%, respectively, but had negative impacts...
21 December 2021
With our recent first birthday and with the festive season approaching, SHOWCASE wants to wish you happy holidays! During this year we achieved a lot and progressed towards integrating new farming practices on biodiversity. We layed the foundations of our research and we believe that these will help us execute our future plans towards the aims we have. Let the Christmas spirit enchant you. ☃️❄️🎄🎅
13 December 2021
SHOWCASE partners Ignasi Bartomeus and Elena Velado-Alonso recently participated in a TV programme of the Andalusian local TV and radio channel CanalSur. Within the programme, experts present the Gudalquivida Experimental Biodiversity Area where EBD-CSIC researchers, key enterprises and farmers cooperatives codesign measures to promote biodiversity without compromising yield. Watch the programme here (Spanish only).
9 December 2021
Pest control services provided by naturally occurring species, also called biocontrol services, are widely recognised as a key component in biodiversity conservation. However, there is still a lack of rigorous approaches, evaluating synergies between the biocontrol potential of vertebrates and  landscape‐scale features to better inform land-use and management decisions.  To shed some light on this topic, a new study, called “A food web approach reveals the vulnerability of biocontro...
6 December 2021
SHOWCASE just published its brand new animated video titled "Making biodiversity an essential ingredient of farming”. The video demonstrates the essence of biodiversity and how important it is for optimal functioning of the ecosystem. Often threatened by conventional farming, biodiversity suffers due to the abuse of pesticides, climate change and more. The video presents how SHOWCASE researchers will work in experimental biodiversity areas to improve the synergies between sustainable farming pra...
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