Biodiversity is the basis for agricultural production. On the one hand it is the origin of all crops and domestic livestock and the variety within them. On the other hand, components of wild biodiversity in agricultural and associated landscapes provide and maintain ecosystem services that are essential to agricultural production (e.g. pollination). Learn more about the results of research in the field of functional agrobiodiversity under the Publications link.

Improved capacity and skills for land managers to integrate functional agrobiodiversity into their management practices.

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Greater impact on agricultural policies at national and European levels to promote the integration of functional agrobiodiversity into policies.

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Improved scientific understanding of the contribution of functional agrobiodiversity to ecosystem services.

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Project Examples
Agroecology in olives

Olive fruit fly remains the most damaging pest, with significant yearly damages on fruits and olive oil quality. Although several parasitoids are known, biocontrol... more


The REVERSE project is focusing on regional exchanges and policy making for protecting and valorising biodiversity in Europe. The project consists of... more

Soil and surface water protection using conservation tillage in Northern and Central Europe (SWOP)

Soil erosion has been identified as a major threat to European soil resources and their ability to provide ecosystem goods and services such as clean water and biodiversity.... more


Ecostac - optimising ECOsystem Services in Terms of Agronomy and Conservation. The project aims at developing species compositions for perennial field margins... more