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Novel crop rotations to enhance multiple ecosystem services underpinning production of winter wheat and oilseed rape.

Supervisors - Prof. Simon G. Potts, Dr. Hannah Jones, Dr Simon Mortimer, Peter Sutton

Project Description - My research is part of the broader EU LIBERATION Project (Linking farmland biodiversity to ecosystem services for effective ecological intensification). LIBERATION aims to quantify the potential of ecological intensification (optimization of provisioning, regulating and supporting ecosystem services in the agricultural production process) to sustainably enhance food security through a standardized approach, which will examine the relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem service delivery across Europe.

More specifically, my research focuses on assessing the potential of novel crop rotations to enhance multiple ecosystem services underpinning production of winter wheat and oilseed rape. I am particularly interested in quantifying the relationships between crop diversity and pollination as well as below ground organisms in the context of soil fertility. Subsequently, my research aims to quantify the flow, stability, contribution to yield and management costs of the services delivered.