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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...
30 November 2021
A new research article in the latest issue of the Science for Environment Policy’s newsletter presents a study which uses decision science to evaluate nine biodiversity indices. The researchers performed a structured evaluation based on decisсon science on indices commonly used to report on biodiversity targets across marine, freshwater and terrestrial habitats— the Living Planet Index, Red List Index, Marine Trophic Index, Ocean Health Index, River Health Indices, Climate Impact Indicator, I...
23 November 2021
Project members and representatives of the SHOWCASE experimental biodiversity areas (EBAs) met up between 15 and 17 November 2021. The four-day meeting was marked by insightful presentations, vivid discussions and an overview of the project’s developments and future initiatives. The 2021 SHOWCASE annual general meeting was hosted by project partners from Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (BOKU) in Vienna, Austria. A special hybrid conference environment provided for the meeting proved to be extre...
13 October 2021
SHOWCASE coordinator Prof. David Kleijn of Wageningen University and Research and project partners from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the Centre for Ecological Research (Hungary), and the University of Reading took part in a recently conducted Expert consultation workshop on EU actions for pollinators in agricultural landscapes. The workshop took place online on 28 September 2021, and was organised by the Austrian Environmental Agency on behalf of the European Commission. The...
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...
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