Enhancing biodiversity to secure French agriculture

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In a context of global change that increases uncertainty for agriculture, biodiversity-based techniques may reveal promising to enhance farming system resilience. Scientists Casagrande et al. tracked the use of such techniques in five regions of France. They observed that the level of diversification is related to farm characteristics. Farmers under organic farming apply a large number of biodiversity-based techniques, but surprisingly, this is not the case for farmers under conservation agriculture. Enhancing knowledge exchange through networks could favor the broader application of such techniques.

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