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Trophic linkages between above- and below-ground organisms as a key to successful restoration of biodiversity on ex-arable land across europe

Objective

European biodiversity needs to be conserved to support the CBD and European Biodiversity Strategy. Measures to protect and restore biodiversity (Habitats Directive, Natural 2000, Agra-Environment schemes) have focused on visible biotic components of ecosystems (e.g. plants, butterflies). Soil biota is generally ignored. A lack of awareness of the Potential roles of these cryptic components of ecosystems, absence of some knowledge and the inability to apply it are major constraints for end-users. The main aim of TLinks is to enhance the success of conservation of biodiversity through the restoration of species-rich communities on ex-arable land. TLinks involves research on above-belowground tropic interactions that leads to objective criteria and indicators allowing prediction of the likelihood of success of restoration. The results support end-users in targeting conservation measures and contribute to EU-policy on biodiversity.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF READING
Address
Earley Gate
RG6 6AR Reading / Silchester
United Kingdom

Participants (5)

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
40,Calle Cordel De Merinas 40
37071 Salamanca
LUND UNIVERSITY
Sweden
Address
14,Östra Vallgatan
223 62 Lund
ROYAL NETHERLANDS ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCE
Netherlands
Address
22,Boterhoeksestraat 48
6666 ZG Heteren
UNIVERSITY OF FRIBOURG
Switzerland
Address
Chemin Du Musee 10
1700 Fribourg
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH BOHEMIA
Czechia
Address
Branisovska 31
370 05 Ceske Budejovice