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Biodiversity not necessarily threatened by agricultural land use, shows European study

| December 29, 2013

In Switzerland, a recent study shows that farmers can help protect grassland biodiversity by varying management intensity over time, despite trends in research demonstrating intensification of agricultural land use threatening biodiversity. The study compiled an index of “multidiversity,” which measures total ecosystem biodiversity. The index showed that overall biodiversity declined, particularly with rarer species, with increasing land-use intensity. The dataset was compiled by a team of 58 scientists from Switzerland and Germany.

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