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The biodiversity value of farming systems and agricultural landscapes


Lefroy, EC and Smith, PC, The biodiversity value of farming systems and agricultural landscapes, Pacific Conservation Biology , 10, (2/3) pp. 80-87. ISSN 1038-2097 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1071/pc040080


The current effort in Australia to increase the proportion of perennial vegetation in agricultural landscapes to manage dryland salinity presents opportunities to improve the viability of remnant vegetation and its dependent biota. At this intersection of ecology and agriculture, many questions arise concerning interpretations of biodiversity from the perspectives of landowners and conservationists, the conservation priorities in agricultural landscapes, and the role of ecological science in understanding the functional contribution of emerging perennial-plant based farming systems to the viability of the native biota. This paper provides the background for the four papers that follow, presented originally at a workshop at Rutherglen in Victoria in October 2003 to discuss the issue of biodiversity values in agricultural landscapes. It then puts forward an approach to research into the biodiversity value of perennial land use systems based on three principles; understanding regional conservation priorities, appreciating farm scale priorities and constraints from the perspective of the landholder, and identifying response functions to establish the role of revegetation in maintaining the viability of the native biota.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Environmentally sustainable plant production
Objective Field:Environmentally sustainable plant production not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Lefroy, EC (Professor Ted Lefroy)
ID Code:46606
Year Published:2004
Deposited By:Centre for Environment
Deposited On:2007-08-28
Last Modified:2011-11-23

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