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Organic farmers’ reality to manage functional agrobiodiversity in European organic apple orchards.

Fernique, Sarah; Penvern, Servane; Cardona, Aurélie; Ahrenfeldt, Erica; Grébaux, Daphné; Jamar, Laurent; kruzynska, Dorota; Matray, Silvia; Ozoliņa-Pole, Laura; Ralle, Baiba; Sigsgaard, Lene; Steinemann, Beatrice; Wiergiel, W.; Telfser, Josef; Warlop, Francois and Herz, Annette (2016) Organic farmers’ reality to manage functional agrobiodiversity in European organic apple orchards. Paper at: 17th International Conference on Organic Fruit Growing, Ecofruit 2016, 268-269., Weinsberg, 2016.

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According to its principles and standards, organic farming particularly rely on natural processes and functional agro-biodiversity (FAB) to benefit from essential ecosystem
services. However, these processes are mostly complex, hardly visible and site-specific, thereby making it difficult to assess and manage on-farm. A European survey has been carried out among organic farmers and emphasizes the variability among countries with a diversity of techniques targeting different functional groups according to farming contexts and farmers’ expectations. The different criteria used by farmers to evaluate FAB techniques efficiency and implementation potential clearly illustrate the difficulty to assess the agroecosystem as a whole.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Functional (Agro-) biodiversity, biological control, networking, apple production, organic orchards, farmer survey
Agrovoc keywords:
Subjects: Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Fruit and berries
Environmental aspects
Research affiliation:Belgium
Belgium > Wallonia > Centre Wallon de Recherche Agronomique (CRA-W) (Gembloux)
Belgium > Wallonia
Deposited By: MOERMAN, Mrs Marie
ID Code:45214
Deposited On:20 Jan 2023 08:37
Last Modified:20 Jan 2023 08:37
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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