Main research questionCan ready-to-use ground cover flower mixtures be composed that are specifically suited for the tree nursery sector in order to better stimulate biodiversity at the same time, while avoiding negative effects on tree nursery activity?
FLOWER4TREES: using flower mixtures as a win-win situation for biodiversity and grower at open field tree nursery
Main research questionWith the long-term view of fostering synergies between crop production, biodiversity and the delivery of ecosystem services of local, regional and global relevance, the main objective of the SoildiverAgro project is the adoption of new management practices and cropping systems.
Soil biodiversity enhancement in European agroecosystems to promote their stability and resilience by external inputs reduction and crop performance increase.
The Belgian North Sea is a small but very interesting area in terms of biodiversity. Much of it is found in and on the sea floor. However, the marine bottom is under pressure from the many activities at sea. Therefore, monitoring the marine environment is absolutely essential.
Biodiversity in/on the sea floor (epibenthos en macrobenthos) in the Belgian part of the North Sea.
ILVO together with UGent investigated the link between landscape and functional agrobiodiversity with the help of citizen scientists and their 40 square-meter gardens in the citizen science project BEL-Landschap (2018 and 2019).
Landscape-scale biodiversity under pressure
The diversity of biological life (biodiversity) in the agricultural landscape is under pressure. Intensification of agriculture in the recent past has led at the field level to economies of scale and increased use of fertilizers and pesticides, among others.
Biodiversity and ecosystem services in relation to agriculture