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Ecosystem service provision by establishing temporal habitats in agricultural environments

Huusela-Veistola, Erja; Alanen, Eeva-Liisa; Hyvönen, Terho and Kuussaari, Mikko (2011) Ecosystem service provision by establishing temporal habitats in agricultural environments. Paper at: Biodiversity in agriculture - lessons learned and future directions, NJF seminar 436, Ulvik in Hardanger, Norway, 24-26 May 2011.

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Short-term rotational fallows, new set-asides and seed mixtures containing
specific seed-bearing crops are best alternative to provide seed food for farmland
birds (Hyvönen & Huusela-Veistola 2011). The age of set-aside and vegetation
structure are more important than seed mixture or plant species richness in
supporting insect food for birds, and therefore set asides of various ages are
needed (Hyvönen & Huusela-Veistola 2011).
Even a short-term fallow sown with a simple seed mixture can encourage
populations of generalist predators (Huusela-Veistola & Hyvönen 2006), but longterm
set-asides may be even better for natural enemies (Huusela-Veistola 2008).
Because of the various species requirements numerous habitats are needed if
biodiversity is to be increased or maintained. At the landscape level, the
proportion and location of non-crop temporal habitats may be important factors
for key ecosystem services. Therefore, temporal habitats, e.g. set-asides, of
various ages and different vegetation structures should be included in the
agricultural landscape to encourage optimum functional biodiversity.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:ecosystem services, temporal habitats, agricultural environments
Subjects: Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Research affiliation: Finland > Luke Natural Resources Institute
Finland > Other organizations
Deposited By: Koistinen, Riitta
ID Code:19709
Deposited On:15 Nov 2011 10:45
Last Modified:15 Nov 2011 10:45
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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