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Develop management strategies for non-crop habitats on farms to benefit wildlife while keeping weed control efficiency - BD0403

There is evidence to suggest that semi-natural farmland habitats have been seriously damaged by modern farming techniques, particularly intensive use of pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers. This study will aim to develop management strategies for non-crop habitats on the farm which will benefit wildlife, while maintaining weed control efficiency. Experience at Boxworth and elsewhere has led to the development of new experimental approaches which enhance the collection and interpretation of significant new data. These approaches will be used to investigate: relationships between field boundary flora and the composition of flora in the adjacent crop; the role of seed dispersal, vegetative spread and mechanical operations in the movement, population biology and persistence of important plant species in arable crop areas and in non-cropped habitats on flora; effects of interspecific competition and its interaction with management practices (e.g. sown field edge strips) on plant community structure in field margins; and theories of plant community development relevant to set-aside using microcosms. Results of the study will provide a sound basis for developing new management options which will depend less heavily on herbicide use.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1991

To: 1993

Cost: £151,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Rothamsted Research (BBSRC)
Fields of Study
Environmental Stewardship