In an exceptionally broad and elaborate study, biologists from the University of Würzburg investigated the biodiversity of flowering fields planted as part of agri-environmental schemes.
Due to modern agriculture, biodiversity across many species groups is in decline. Over the last three decades, attempts have been made to counteract this with agri-environmental schemes at various levels – from the national federal state to EU-wide programmes. Not only out of appreciation of nature, but also because many species fulfil important functions for agriculture itself: some pollinate crops, others regulate pest populations. MORE
Header image: To determine the species on the flowering fields, apart from other traps types, these tent traps were used to catch flying insects. Credit: Fabian Bötzl / Universität Würzburg.