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Research and Innovation with focus on biodiversity at AGRITECHNICA 2023

AGRITECHNICA 2023 demonstrated the innovative power of agricultural technology and the entire agricultural sector. More than 470,000 visitors from 149 countries witnessed the scale of technical progress impressively presented at the exhibition grounds in Hanover. Under the guiding theme of "Green Productivity", more than 300 events were dedicated to technical and environmental aspects, where future challenges in agriculture were discussed. Topics, such as productivity and resource conservation were given a large international stage. At the DLG booth, visitors were able to get a glimpse into the various projects that aim to boost, conserve and monitor biodiversity on farmland:

D4AgEcol – Digitalisation for Agroecology

D4AgEcol aims to show the potential of digitalisation as an enabler for agroecological farming systems in Europe. Available knowledge, experiences and co-innovation capacity of actors and stakeholders form the basis of the research work. To get the farmers’  perspective on “digitalisation as an enabler for agroecology”, the DLG team invited visitors at AGRITECHNICA to participate in an online-survey.

If you did not have the chance to take part in the survey in Hanover, you can do it online now. Please click here.

The D4AgEcol project also contributed to the session "Smart Agricultural Technology – what can digitalization contribute to biodiversity: Opportunities and challenges of smart agricultural technology" on Nov 15th 2023.

The D4AgEcol project associates Olivia Spykman, LfL (Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture) and Andreas Meyer-Aurich, ATB (Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy) as well as Ameli Kirse, LIB (Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change) gave a short presentation and discussed about the effects of digitalization on biodiversity. The session was organised by GIL (Society for Information Technology in Agriculture, Forestry and the Food Industry).

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ConservES - Living-lab approach to floral enrichment as a tool to conserve biodiversity and maximising ecosystem services in European agricultural landscapes

The overall objective of this EU project is to conserve biodiversity in agroecosystems through promoting habitat enhancements, such as increasing landscape complexity and adequate field management with floral enrichment. Therefore, the combination of hedgerows and flower strips adjacent to the crop field will be installed and surveyed. The first trials are currently underway.

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The DLG team tested visitors’ knowledge on pollinators and their pollination services to crops and wild plants in a short quiz. In addition, to promote biodiversity in their own backyard, visitors could take a flower seed mixture that was established for this project by the Würzburg University.

BioMonitor4CAP – Advanced biodiversity monitoring for results-based and effective agricultural policy and transformation

In order to detect changes in biodiversity in agricultural landscapes advanced systems are needed. The BioMonitor4CAP project aims to design advanced biodiversity monitoring systems  to assess a diversity of targeted species and habitats in five European regions and in Peru. The project is combining classical biodiversity indicator systems with new technological approaches, including acoustic, optical and molecular systems.

The work in the fields was visualised using a camera and Lego wildflowers. Visitors were able to find out more about the project at the DLG booth.

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KOMBI - Collective Models for the Conservation of Biodiversity

More than most other economies, the agricultural sector heavily depends on a functional ecosystem. In this context, the loss of biodiversity in the agricultural landscape is a cause of concern. The German KOMBI project will develop and implement collective models for agricultural nature conservation in four model regions together with actors from agriculture and nature conservation. Agri-environment-climate measures will be considered on a landscape level to improve their connectivity and effectiveness as well as reduce necessary bureaucracy.

More information on these projects are available in the project fact sheet below or online.