A 5 year project is underway in the UK which is looking to build upon previous research to combine the biodiversity and pest-control benefits of perennial field margins across a horticultural rotation, providing growers with a direct economic benefit in addition to expected subsidies from stewardship schemes. Key to the success of this project is the selection of flowering plant species for inclusion in experimental field margins that will provide multiple benefits in terms of promoting functional agro-biodiversity. For this purpose a combination of margin plant species have been selected that ensure supply of nectar, pollen, bird food and shelter and alternative prey for natural enemies. This paper focuses on the plant selection process used to formulate a suitable margin seed mix. An outline of the project as a whole, including longer-term aims and objectives, is also provided.
|Landscape Management for Functional Biodiversity IOBC wprs Bulletin
|Published - 2010