In the Agricultural Landscape and Biodiversity sector, ART compiles bases for maintaining and promoting species diversity in agriculture, as well as for the development and upkeep of diverse and beautiful cultivated landscapes. In addition, ART researches the way in which agroecosystems operate, as well as the effect of agricultural crops and ecological compensation areas on biodiversity.
Using practical concepts and methods, ART contributes to an environmentally sound and creative enhancement of cultivated landscapes. Examples of this are the development of field margins for ecological compensation, the testing of the effect of grass-harvesting methods on biodiversity, the evaluation of agro-ecological measures, the development of agro-environmental indicators in the biodiversity sector, studies on overall landscape appearance and perception, and the potential for agroforestry in Switzerland.
Agricultural landscape and countryside
Switzerland is characterised by a variety of agricultural landscapes. Here, with a view to their preservation and further development, we attempt to highlight their development potential and the land-use conflicts to which they are subject.
Maintaining and promoting species and habitat diversity is one of the most important jobs of our multifunctional agriculture
Status and development of biodiversity in agriculture
The diversity of habitats, species, crop varieties and livestock breeds forms the basis of agricultural production. ART is developing indicators to record this diversity.
Knowledge base for species, habitats, countryside
Knowledge protection and networking of information on species, habitats and agricultural landscapes acquired through research and in practice are the prerequisites for synthesis and expertise.