Landscape Mosaic Key to Biodiversity, Says International Research Team

An international research team led by the University of Göttingen says that a landscape mosaic of natural habitats and small-scale and diverse cultivated areas is the key to promoting biodiversity on a large scale in both conventional and organic agriculture. Their statement was published in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution. “Landscapes with high crop diversity, small fields, and at least one fifth near-natural habitats can promote biodiversity significantly more than just organic certification,” explains first author Professor Teja Tscharntke. “Landscapes with small fields and long edges have many times more species than landscapes with large fields, and are equally feasible both in organic and conventional agriculture.”