Assessing biodiversity in arable farmland by means of indicators: an overview
Christian Bockstaller*, Françoise Lasserre-Joulin, Sophie Slezack-Deschaumes, Séverine Piutti, Jean Villerd, Bernard Amiaud and Sylvain Plantureux
INRA, UMR 1121 Nancy-Université - INRA, IFR 110, Nancy-Colmar, BP 20507, 68021
Maintaining biodiversity is one of the key issues of sustainable agriculture. It is now stated that innovation to enhance biodiversity in arable land requires operational assessment tools like indicators. The goal of the article is to provide an overview of available indicators. Besides measured indicators and simple indicators based on management data, we focus on predictive indicators derived from operational models and adapted to ex ante assessment in innovative cropping design. The possibility of use for each indicator type is discussed.
Key words: environmental assessment / indicator / model / validation / biodiversity / ecosystemic services
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