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Conversion from Integrated Production (IP) to organic farming: Long-term effects on the diversity of beneficial arthropods

Abstract

This project, which runs from 2020 to 2023, will investigate how the diversity of arthropods such as carabids, staphylinids and spiders changed after the conversion from IP to organic management. A farm in Aesch, canton of Baselland, converted its management in 1997. For comparison purposes, the diversity of arthropods will be surveyed in neighbouring farms, one IP farm (in Ettingen BL) and another farm that has been under organic management since 1974 (in Oberwil BL). The collected data will give meaningful insights into the topic of insect and arthropod loss.

Financing/ Donor
  • Christoph Merian Stiftung
  • Fondation de bienfaisance Jeanne Lovioz
  • Fondation Sur la Croix (FSLC)
  • Stiftung Temeratio
(Research) Program
  • Fondation Sur-la-Croix – Research and Innovation
Project partners
  • PD Dr. Stefanie von Fumetti (University of Basel, Department of Environmental Sciences)
  • Heiner Lenzin (University of Basel, Department of Environmental Sciences)
  • Theo Blick (freelancing arachnologist) D-Hummeltal
FiBL project leader/ contact
FiBL project staff
Role of FiBL

Project lead

Further information
  • Luka, H. (1996): Laufkäfer: Nützlinge und Bioindikatoren in der Landwirtschaft. Agrarforschung, 3 (1): 33-36.
  • Luka, H., Pfiffner, L. & Niggli, U. (2000): Auswirkungen verschiedener Ackerkulturen auf die Laufkäfer (Coleoptera, Carabidae). Mitteilungen der Entomologischen Geselschaft Basel 50 (1): 18-38.
  • Pfiffner, L. & Luka, H. (1996): Laufkäfer-Förderung durch Biodiversitätsförderflächen. Auswirkungen neu angelegter Grünstreifen und einer Hecke im Ackerland. Naturschutz und Landschaftsplanung 28: 145-151.
  • Pfiffner, L. & H. Luka (2000): Overwintering of arthropods in soils of arable fields and adjacent semi-natural habitats. - Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 78: 215-222.
Research area
FiBL project number 25075
Date modified 27.04.2020
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