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5 October 2021
A research article recently published in the British Ecological Society’s Functional Ecology journal, examines how the quantity of floral resources affects pollinator activity and how this relates to the structure and robustness of pollination networks. The paper titled “Patterns of pollination interactions at community-level are related to the type and quantity of floral resources” focuses on the relationship between the quantity of floral resources and the number of flower visits at community-...
15 September 2021
It has been a busy summer for SHOWCASE researchers! A recently conducted online workshop between SHOWCASE project partners set the stage for upcoming large-scale research endeavours, which would be conducted in a number of European countires, featuring farmers from various backgrounds. Throughout the workshop partners coordinated their future actions, and clarified the upcoming actions. Alongside other research approaches, the SHOWCASE researchers would focus also on the utilization of the...
4 August 2021
A recent study, published in the online journal Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, examines the effects of wildflower strips on natural pest control and crop yield in winter wheat (Triticum aestivum) fields with contrasting management in the Netherlands. The paper called “Flower availability drives effects of wildflower strips on ground-dwelling natural enemies and crop yield”  is highly relevant to SHOWCASE in the context of promoting sustainable agricultural production by building...
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...
16 December 2020
This press release was published by EurekAlert!. SHOWCASing synergies between agriculture, biodiversity and Ecosystem services to help farmers capitalising on native biodiversity (SHOWCASE) is a newly funded EU Horizon 2020 research project, dedicated to the integration of biodiversity into farming practices. A research team of leading scientists in the field of agro-ecology and socio-economy join forces with farmer and citizen science networks, science communication specialists and nature co...
9 December 2020
This press release has been published by Nature Today and it is available in English and Dutch. Agriculture and biodiversity are currently both in the spotlights, but mostly as opposites. This must change, but how? A new EU project will investigate how agriculture and biodiversity can best go hand in hand and what this brings in return for the farmer as well as for biodiversity. The long-term objective is to find out how nature-inclusive agriculture can lead to a viable business model....
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