Agroecology

Agricultural crops are living systems, in which arthropods play important roles as pollinators, decomposers, pests and pest control agents. Furthermore, a considerable part of the biodiversity in Switzerland is found in agricultural habitats, including a number of endangered species. Therefore, understanding the interactions between agricultural practices and wild animals is vital for both agricultural production and for the conservation of biodiversity.

Current research deals with the influence of low-input farming and ecological compensation areas on farmland biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, pollination and pest control, both at local and landscape scales (Eva Knop, Myles Menz).