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New tools to manage and assess orchard Functional Agrobiodiversity (FAB)

Sigsgaard, Lene; Warlop, Francois; Pfiffner, Lukas and Herz, Annette (2018) New tools to manage and assess orchard Functional Agrobiodiversity (FAB). CORE Organic Plus news, 27 August 2018, p. 13134.

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The EcoOrchard project (2015-18) has produced a handbook on FAB assessment in dialogue with growers and advisors and a technical guideline for FAB orchard management.
Orchards are perennial cultures, and, especially in organic fruit production, it is essential to design and manage orchards in a way which favours predators and parasitoids over pests. Increasing plant biodiversity and habitats in such a way that beneficial organisms are favoured is called Functional Agrobiodiversity (FAB). The value of FAB for reducing pesticide use in fruit production is generally acknowledged, and many organic fruit growers try to increase it in spite of a shortage of information on FAB, economical and technical challenges and lack of situation-specific, detailed advice. To improve this situation, ECOORCHARD combined several complementary approaches and prioritizes making information and tools about FAB available to practitioners.

EPrint Type:Newspaper or magazine article
Keywords:functional biodiversity; flower strips; interrow flower strip; perennial flower strip;
Agrovoc keywords:
Englishbiodiversity conservationhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_33955
Englishpest managementhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_13262
Englishorchard crops -> fruit cropshttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_3120
Englishinformation disseminationhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_11768
Englishnatural enemieshttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_5085
Subjects: Farming Systems
Crop husbandry > Soil tillage
Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Research communication and quality
Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Fruit and berries
Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
Knowledge management > Education, extension and communication
Crop husbandry > Weed management
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic Plus
Denmark > KU - University of Copenhagen
European Union > CORE Organic Plus > ECOORCHARD
Deposited By: Sigsgaard, Assoc. Prof. Lene
ID Code:34002
Deposited On:20 Nov 2018 09:11
Last Modified:20 Nov 2018 09:11
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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