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Impact of low-input meadows on arthropod diversity at habitat and landscape level

Jeanneret, Ph.; Pfiffner, L:; Pozzi, S. and Walter, Th. (2005) Impact of low-input meadows on arthropod diversity at habitat and landscape level. [.] Grassland Science in Europe (Vol. 9), pp. 237-239.

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In Switzerland, in order to preserve and enhance arthopod diversity in grassland ecosystems (among others), farmers had to convert at least 7 % of their land to ecological compensation areas – ECA. Major ECA are low input grassland, traditional orchards, hedges and wild flower strips. In this paper the difference in species assemblages of 3 arthropod groups, namely spiders, carabid beetles and butterflies between intensively managed and low input meadows is stressed by means of multivariate statistics. On one hand, the consequences of these differences are analysed at the habitat level to promote good practices for the arthropod diversity in grassland ecosystems. On the other hand, the contribution of each meadow type to the regional diversity is investigated to widen the analysis at the landscape level.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:agri-environmental scheme, arthropods, biodiversity, low input meadows, multivariate statistics, Funktionelle Biodiversität
Subjects: Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Entomolgy
Related Links:http://www.fibl.org/english/research/plant-protection-beneficials/engineering.php, http://www.reckenholz.ch/doc/de/forsch/control/evalu/publi_bd15.pdf
Deposited By: Pfiffner, Dr. Lukas
ID Code:6490
Deposited On:03 Sep 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:32
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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