Assessment and valuation of Pest suppression potential through biological control in European agricultural landscapes (APPEAL)
This research programme conducted by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, the Universität Innsbruck (Austria), and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ, Germany) investigates the relationship between land use and biodiversity, and between biodiversity and the ecosystem service of biological control. Furthermore, it provides a framework for estimating the value of biological control. As a model pest, APPEAL uses cereal aphid. The results generated are intended to support assessing multiple ecosystem services by providing a clear and adaptable structure for incorporating ecosystem service values into land-use change scenarios. A key research question looks into the advantages and disadvantages of biocontrol services as compared to conventional plant protection.
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