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Potentials and practice programme to increase natural diversity in fruit plantations and mixed orchards

Federal Office for Nature Protection with finances of the Federal Ministry for Environment

Project titel Potentials and practice programme to increase natural diversity in fruit plantations and mixed orchards
Acronym Biological Diversity in Fruit Orchards
Contract period

 2016-2022

Funding  
Contact staff at AOL University of Bonn

Dr. Andreé Hamm

Other staff involved
  • Kim Preuß (INRRES-Gartenbauwissenschaften), [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.]
  • Dr. Hannah Jaenicke (INRES-Gartenbauwissenschaften)
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  • Dr. Jürgen Lorenz (DLR-Rheinpfalz
Project aims

The goal of the project is to implement modern management strategies to increase biodiversity in organic and conventional fruit production systems in selected practice farms and to evaluate and continuously adapt these strategies. Successful and applicable tools shall be implemented in practice and find entry in recommendations for both organic and conventional production. Recognition for the value of the ecosystem “fruit orchard” shall be increased.

Focus of the part of the project which is implemented in the Rhineland and in Rhineland Palatinate by University of Bonn together with DLR Rheinpfalzis in the development of information for the optimization of ecosystem services in “integrated” production systems and implementation of specific measures. The following activities are planned:
1.      Optimization and implementation of cultural measures to increase nutrition for predators and pollinators, to increase the diversity and fauna and to support regionally important species.
2.      Evaluate the potential of the ecosystem “fruit orchard” under “conventional integrated” (IP) management as food habitat to support ecologically important species.
3.      Evaluation of the changed management options with respect to orchard hygiene.
4.      Collaboration in the development of a national list of recommendations for IP management and development of a regional list for the Rhineland fruit area
Role of the AOL group

Dr. Andreé Hamm is responsible for the nature conservation evaluation in the region. In addition, the AOL is responsible for the academic supervision of the final theses, which will be processed within the framework of the project.

Current progress highlights  
Project leaders aand partner
  • University of Hohenheim (Lead of nation-wide programme)
  • Stiftung Kompetenzzentrum Bodensee
  • Obstbauversuchsring des Alten Landes e.V.
  • Öko-Obstbau Norddeutschland Versuchs- und Beratungsring e.V.
  • Landesverband “Sächsisches Obst” e.V.

 

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