A concept of food-web structure in organic arable farming systems

F. W. Smeding, G. R. de Snoo

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A proposal for a descriptive or topological farm food web is derived from field observations and from references in literature. Important themes in the food-web theory are tentatively applied to this preliminary model, explaining differences between local farm food-web structures and how they are related to farm and/or ecological infrastructure (EI) management. Predictions are made for four different farm food-web structures for extremes of farm and environmental gradients corresponding to the length of organic duration and amount/quality of El. The implications with regard to farming practices and nature conservation are that both organic duration and the amount/quality of ecological infrastructure may contribute to ecosystem services and nature conservation. However, an optimisation of the farm food web with regard to ecosystem services, may possibly run counter to nature conservation goals. (C) 2003 Published by Elsevier Science B.V.
Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)219-236
Aantal pagina's18
TijdschriftLandscape and Urban Planning
Volume65
Nummer van het tijdschrift4
DOI's
StatusGepubliceerd - 2003
Extern gepubliceerdJa

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