To close the yield-gap while saving biodiversity will require multiple locally relevant strategies

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Cunningham, Saul A., Attwood, Simon J., Bawa, Kamal S., Benton, Tim G., Broadhurst, Linda M., Didham, Raphael K., McIntyre, Sue, Perfecto, Ivette, Samways, Michael J., Tscharntke, Teja, Vandermeer, John, Villard, Marc-Andre, Young, Andrew G. and Lindenmayer, David B.. 2013. "To close the yield-gap while saving biodiversity will require multiple locally relevant strategies ." Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment. 173, pp. 20-27. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2013.04.007
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To close the yield-gap while saving biodiversity will require multiple locally relevant strategies

ERA Journal ID36361
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsCunningham, Saul A. (Author), Attwood, Simon J. (Author), Bawa, Kamal S. (Author), Benton, Tim G. (Author), Broadhurst, Linda M. (Author), Didham, Raphael K. (Author), McIntyre, Sue (Author), Perfecto, Ivette (Author), Samways, Michael J. (Author), Tscharntke, Teja (Author), Vandermeer, John (Author), Villard, Marc-Andre (Author), Young, Andrew G. (Author) and Lindenmayer, David B. (Author)
Journal TitleAgriculture, Ecosystems and Environment
Journal Citation173, pp. 20-27
Number of Pages8
Year2013
PublisherElsevier
Place of PublicationAmsterdam, Netherlands
ISSN0167-8809
1873-2305
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2013.04.007
Abstract

Increasing yield has emerged as the most prominent element in strategies to deal with growing global demand for food and fibre. It is usually acknowledged that this needs to be done while minimising harm to the environment, but historically land-use intensification has been a major driver of biodiversity loss. The risk is now great that a singular focus on increasing yields will divert attention from the linked problem of biodiversity decline, and the historical pattern will continue. There are options that increase yields while reducing harm to biodiversity, which should be the focus of future strategies. The solutions are not universal, but are locally specific. This is because landscapes vary greatly in inherent biodiversity, the production systems they can support, and the potential for them to be adopted by landholders. While new production techniques might apply at local scale, biodiversity conservation inevitably requires strategies at landscape and larger scales.

Keywordsagriculture; conservation; ecosystem services; food; land use; society
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020410401. Conservation and biodiversity
300406. Crop and pasture improvement (incl. selection and breeding)
440703. Economic development policy
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© 2013 Published by Elsevier B.V. Published version made not accessible

Byline AffiliationsCommonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
Australian Centre for Sustainable Catchments
University of Massachusetts, United States
University of Leeds, United Kingdom
University of Michigan, United States
Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Georg August University of Gottingen, Germany
University of Moncton, Canada
Australian National University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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