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

“Potentials and practice programme to increase natural diversity in fruit plantations and mixed orchards” is a collaboration of six important fruit producing regions in Germany. 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. Lead partner of the project is University of Hohenheim.
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:

  • 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.
  • Evaluate the potential of the ecosystem “fruit orchard” under “conventional integrated” (IP) management as food habitat to support ecologically important species.
  • Evaluation of the changed management options with respect to orchard hygiene.
  • Collaboration in the development of a national list of recommendations for IP management and development of a regional list for the Rhineland fruit area.


Responsible for the region Rhineland Palatinate/North-Rhine Westphalia:

  • University of Bonn: INRES Horticultural Science (Kim Preuß, Dr. Hannah Jaenicke) and INRES Agricultural and Production Ecology (Dr. Andreé Hamm)
  • DLR Rheinpfalz (Dr. Jürgen Lorenz)

 

Partners:

  • 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.

 

Duration: 2016 – 2022


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


Contact: Kim Larissa Preuß (kim.preuss(at)uni-bonn.de)

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