Theme 4 Spatial agro-ecology

This theme places the crop within the wider agro-ecological landscape, and studies the interactions of crops with populations of other organisms (weeds, pests and pathogens) with emphasis on the spatial and temporal dynamics of this interaction at the crop and landscape level. CSA uses this knowledge to develop integrated approaches for sustainable pest management, to determine the provisioning of ecosystem services, as well as to develop fundamental insight in community and landscape ecology. This research addresses the pressing need for the development of strategies that optimize the multiple functions of agro-ecological landscapes (such as biodiversity and land-use functions).