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Tuesday, May 5 • 09:00 - 15:00
Above- and belowground ecosystem services in organic and conventional fruit farming

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The global demand for organically farmed products is increasing as consumers become aware of the lower environmental impact of organic farming. Organic growers have to rely on provision of multiple ecosystem services as they cannot replace natural regulatory processes (e.g. biological control) by artificial inputs (e.g. synthetic pesticide. The provision of individual ecosystem services in organic production systems can be actively supported by management decisions, but it remains unknown to what extent individual management practices affect the relationships between multiple above- and belowground ecosystem services. In this satellite event we want to discuss the ecological mechanisms that underlie the simultaneous provision of above- and belowground ecosystem services resulting from different ground cover management options in organic fruit orchards. We will present current knowledge and discuss future collaborations between South Africa and Sweden that can inform decisions about ground cover management in organic orchards at the lowest possible management intensity.
Keywords: Ecosystem services, organic farming, management, biodiversity
Contact details:
Prof. Regina Lindborg, regina.lindborg@natgeo.su.se, +46 8 164768
Venue: Stockholm University

Tuesday May 5, 2020 09:00 - 15:00
Stockholm University