Development of the arable vegetation 23 years after conversion from conventional to organic farming – experiences from a farm-scale case studyin southern Germany

Harald Albrecht, Sandra Mademann & Helmut Weikl
Recent meta-analyses assessing the impact of organic farming on plant species diversity showed that positive effects mainly occurred at a small scale while benefits at the farm or landscape level were less pronounced. The studies also detected that common species were more favored by organic farming than rare ones. In a farm scale study in southern Bavaria, Germany, we analyzed how the conversion to organic farming changed arable plant communities over a 23-years period and...
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