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28 May 2018
Agroforestry as sustainable land use
EURAF 2018 CONFERENCE: Opportunity for farmers to attend
10 June 2018
Open Farm Sunday at Sonning Farm
We will be showcasing our trials at Reading University Crops Research Unit
22 May 2018
Organic farming: new EU rules adopted
New regulation to come into effect 1 January 2021
21 May 2018
Defra release organic farming stats for 2017
Organic land area in UK slowly increasing
3 May 2018
Stop the dock!
A new technical guide for reducing docks on farmland
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