Institute of

Biodiversity

Secretariat

Elke Graffam
Institute of Biodiversity

Bundesallee 65
38116 Braunschweig
Phone: +49 531 596 2502
Fax: +49 531 596 2599
bd@thuenen.de


Biodiversity in agricultural landscapes

Contact: Dr. Jens Dauber, Dr. Sebastian Klimek

Agricultural landscape of the northern Harz foothills
Agricultural landscape of the northern Harz foothills (© Thünen-Institut/BD)

We analyse changes of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes and apply landscape-ecological methods to gain basic and applied knowledge about the importance and functioning of biodiversity in agroecosystems.Our research covers spatial scales ranging from the field and farm to the national scale.

Our research focus is on the relationships between agricultural production, land use systems, landscape structure and biodiversity. Based on field surveys and experiments, we study the importance of biodiversity for agroecosystem functioning and services. We conduct field work and apply modelling approaches from the field and farm scale up to the national scale. Our major objective is to derive perspectives and strategies for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. In addition, we participate in the development of concepts and methods for a national scale biodiversity monitoring in agricultural landscapes.