Therese shows the importance of small biotopes
Therese, what is your thesis about?
As a consequence of agricultural intensification, large areas of non-crop habitat have been lost and farmland biodiversity has declined. Previous studies have shown that the extent of non-crop habitat influences farmland biodiversity, but the relative importance of different habitat types is less well known. In the thesis, I show that small biotopes (uncultivated field margins, ditches, marl pits, road verges etc.) are highly important for the preservation of vascular plants within agricultural landscapes and that they are important for the provisioning of floral resources for bees, especially in the absence of mass-flowering crops. Furthermore, I show that vascular plants are unlikely to benefit from the management prescribed for small biotopes under the Swedish Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.
Why did you choose to work with this project?
What attracted me to the “small biotope project" was both its width - with ecologists, physical geographers and an economist involved - and the practical applicability of the research. Because the conservation budget is never unlimited, it is important to spend the money as wisely as possible.
About the thesis and thesis defence
Opponent is Doreen Gabriel, Institute for Crop and Soil Science, Julius Kühn-Institut, Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Braunschweig, Germany.
The thesis defence takes place in the Blue Hall, Ekologihuset, Sölvegatan 37 at 9.30 on Friday 17 April.
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