Monitoring, Functional Significance and Management for the Maintenance and Economic Utilisation of Biodiversity in the Intensively Farmed Landscape - Synthesis Report for the ERTDI-funded project: 2001-CD-B1-M1

Summary: STRIVE Report 21 - G. Purvis et al.

Published: 2009

ISBN: 978-1-84095-138-7

Pages: 63

Filesize: 3,316 KB

Format: pdf


Agriculture accounts for about 62% of Ireland’s land area. Due to the intensification of agricultural methods, there has been a drastic change in the farmed landscape since the second half of the last century, and a widely perceived decline in Irish biodiversity similar to that experienced across much of Western Europe. This integrated study, informally known as the ‘Ag-Biota’ Project, was funded as a 5-year ‘capability development’ project starting in 2001, to develop capacity and expertise in biodiversity research within the context of agriculture. The Project had four specified objectives:

  1. To develop research capacity and methodologies for biodiversity monitoring within agroecosystems
  2. To identify and investigate key aspects of agricultural practice that influence biodiversity
  3. To develop a better understanding of the benefits and utilisation of natural populations within agricultural production systems
  4. To address fundamental ecological questions regarding the functional value of biological diversity.

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