Biotic Indicators for Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444515513, 9780080930565

Biotic Indicators for Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture

1st Edition

Editors: W. Buchs
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444515513
eBook ISBN: 9780080930565
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 18th December 2003
Page Count: 560
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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.

Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction. Biotic indicators for biodiversity and sustainable agriculture - introduction and background (W. Büchs). Part II. Requirements. Environmental policy, agri-environmental indicators and landscape indicators (H.-P. Piorr). Part III. Biodiversity at different scale levels. Biodiversity and agri-environmental indicators - general scopes and skills with special reference to the habitat level (W. Büchs). Floristic diversity at the habitat scale in agricultural landscapes of Central Europe - summary, conclusions and perspectives (R. Waldhardt, D. Simmering, H. Albrecht). Biodiversity indicators: the choice of values and measures (P. Duelli, M.K. Obrist). Biodiversity, the ultimate agri-environmental indicator?: Potential and limits for the application of faunistic elements as gradual indicators in agroecosystems (W. Büchs, A. Harenberg et al.). Sample size and quality of indication - a case study using ground-dwelling arthropods as indicators in agricultural ecosystems (J. Perner). Biotic indicators of carabid species richness on organically and conventionally managed arable fields (T.F. Döring, A. Hiller et al.). The spatial and temporal pattern of carabid beetles on arable fields in northern Germany (Schleswig-Holstein) and their value as ecological indicators (U. Irmler). Which carabid species benefit from organic agriculture? - A review of comparative studies in winter cereals from Germany and Switzerland (T.F. Döring, B. Kromp). Regional diversity of temporary wetland carabid beetle communities: a matter of landscape features or cultivation intensity? (U. Brose). Assessment of changing agricultural land use: response of vegetation, ground-dwelling spiders and beetles to the conversion of arable land into grassland (J. Perner, S. Malt). Auchenorrhyncha communities as indicators of disturbance in grasslands (Insecta, Hemiptera) - a case study from the E


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About the Editor

W. Buchs

Affiliations and Expertise

Federal Biological Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Institute for Plant Protection in Field Crops and Grassland, Braunschweig, Germany