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"It is often claimed that agriculture is the world’s greatest threat to biodiversity. But at the same time over 40 percent of the land surface of the world is covered by agriculture. Ecological studies of agro-ecosystems reveal the same functional groups of species and essential ecosystem processes found in natural ecosystems. Agriculture depends on ecosystem services delivered through agro-biodiversity and simultaneously delivers ecosystem services."

Food and Agriculture Organization


Functional biodiversity principles

07th march 2024

Our Speakers:


Sofia Costa is a nematode ecologist based at the Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology at the University of Minho.

Filipa Tereso is currently working at Agrosustentavel.

Felix Wäckers has worked in the field of functional biodiversity for more than 30 years.

Complementary material


Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity | Link

Soil nematode abundance and functional group composition at a global scale | DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1418-6

Pick and mix: selecting flowering plants to meet the requirements of target biological c ontrol insects | DOI: 10.1002/9781118231838.ch9

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Biodiversity indicators 
& Monitoring tools

14th march 2024

Our Speakers:


Gonçalo Duarte is product manager for predatory insects at Koppert.

Manuel Vicente is Consultant in the area of sustainability at Quality & Adviser SL for the agri-food sector.

Rui Figueira is Assistant Professor of the Instituto Superior de Agronomia.

Complementary material

Integrating local and ecological knowledge to assess the benefits of trees for ecosystem services: A holistic process-based methodology. Ecosystem Services | DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2023.101556

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Impact of biodiversity loss in agrifood sector

21st march 2024

Our Speakers:


Marianna Herold is CEO of NatureBound. 

Sergei Schaub works as a postdoctoral researcher at Agroscope.

Joana Canelas is specialist in biodiversity and ecosystem management at Food4Sustainability.

Complementary material

Biodiversity indicators for result-based agri-environmental schemes – Current state and future prospects | DOI: 10.1016/j.agsy.2022.103538

Impacts of land-use intensity on ecosystems stability | DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2022.110093

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