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27 March 2019
The Wonders of Woodchip
This workshop will explore some of the many practical uses of woodchip on farms
3 July 2019
2019 OF&G National Organic Combinable Crops
To be held in Yorkshire
19 March 2019
Professor Martin Wolfe
Pioneer in agro-biodiversity
5 March 2019
A continued drive towards improving organic animal farming
New book on organic arable farming published
21 March 2019
In adversity, what are farmers doing to be more resilient?
Opportunities, barriers and constraints in organic techniques helping to improve the sustainability of conventional farming
Can agroforestry reconcile conflicting demands for productivity, biodiversity conservation and delivery of ecosystem services?
Contract period:1 October 2010 to 30 September 2013
Main funder:University of Reading/ORC
Contact staff at ORC:Dr. Jo Smith
Project aimsAlexa Varah, PhD student with University of Reading. Farmed landscapes are increasingly expected to deliver multiple goods and services to society. A key challenge is to develop sustainable landscapes which can simultaneously meet the needs of food production, biodiversity conservation and delivery of ecosystem services. Agroforestry can lead to high productivity and provide a wide range of ecosystem services including soil management, microclimate modification, biodiversity support, pest and disease control, nutrient recycling and carbon sequestration. This PhD aims: (i) to identify which goods and services agroforestry systems can deliver, (ii) to quantify the values of these services (ecologically and economically), and (iii) to inform the process of how policy can support these activities.
Project leader and partnersHannah Jones and Simon Potts, School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading