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Biotic Indicators for Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture - W. Buchs

Biotic Indicators for Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture

By: W. Buchs

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Published: 18th December 2003
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This volume highlights aspects and approaches to questions on the development and findings of biotic indicator (systems), considering the complex problems of conversion into practice. Biotic indication in relation to sustainable land use and biodiversity is discussed from many angles.


Covered in this volume are the following topics:


Political requirements and statements on biotic agri-environmental indicators;
Requirements regarding agri-environmental indicators from a scientific as well as an applied point of view;
Scientific reviews and critical discussions of "state of the art" knowledge regarding several kinds of agri-environmental indicators for biodiversity and/or sustainable agriculture;
Original experiments on certain aspects regarding indication of biodiversity in agroecosystems;
Practical experience with the application and suitability of agri-environmental indicators (as far as they are already established);
Conceptions and models to show the economic effects and possibilities of practical application of such indicators.

Introduction
Biotic indicators for biodiversity and sustainable agriculture - introduction and background
Requirements. Environmental policy, agri-environmental indicators and landscape indicators
Biodiversity at different scale levels
Biodiversity and agri-environmental indicators - general scopes and skills with special reference to the habitat level
Floristic diversity at the habitat scale in agricultural landscapes of Central Europe - summary, conclusions and perspectives
Biodiversity indicators: the choice of values and measures
Biodiversity, the ultimate agri-environmental indicator?: Potential and limits for the application of faunistic elements as gradual indicators in agroecosystems
Sample size and quality of indication - a case study using ground-dwelling arthropods as indicators in agricultural ecosystems
Biotic indicators of carabid species richness on organically and conventionally managed arable fields
The spatial and temporal pattern of carabid beetles on arable fields in northern Germany (Schleswig-Holstein) and their value as ecological indicators
Which carabid species benefit from organic agriculture? - A review of comparative studies in winter cereals from Germany and Switzerland
Regional diversity of temporary wetland carabid beetle communities: a matter of landscape features or cultivation intensity?
Assessment of changing agricultural land use: response of vegetation, ground-dwelling spiders and beetles to the conversion of arable land into grassland
Auchenorrhyncha communities as indicators of disturbance in grasslands (Insecta, Hemiptera) - a case study from the Elbe flood plains (northern Germany)
Suitability of arable weeds as indicator organisms to evaluate species conservation effects of management in agricultural ecosystems
Morphometric parameters: an approach for the indication of environmental conditions on calcareous grassland
Selecting target species to evaluate the success of wet grassland restoration
Development and control of weeds in arable farming systems
Indicators for evaluating soil quality
A biological classification concept for the assessment of soil quality: "biological soil classification scheme" (BBSK)
on the quality of soil biodiversity indicators: abiotic and biotic parameters as predictors of soil faunal richness at different spatial scales
Microbial eco-physiological indicators to asses soil quality
Influence of precision farming on the microbial community structure and functions in nitrogen turnover
Biodiversity and landscape - summary, conclusions and perspectives
Quantifying the impact of landscape and habitat features on biodiversity in cultivated landscapes
Landscape structure as an indicator of biodiversity: matrix effects on species richness
The influence of matrix type on flower visitors of Centaurea jacea
Indicators of plant species and community diversity in grasslands
Effects of landscape patterns on species richness - a modelling approach
Landscape indicators from ecological area sampling in Germany
Operationalisation of a landscape-oriented indicator
Mosaic indicators - theoretical approach for the dev
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ISBN: 9780444515513
ISBN-10: 0444515518
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 18th December 2003
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 26.37 x 19.61  x 3.84
Weight (kg): 1.42