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Individual study: A small literature study on aspects of organic farming and the effect on beneficial organisms

Published source details

Pfiffner L. (2000) Significance of organic farming for invertebrate diversity – enhancing beneficial organisms with field margins in combination with organic farming. Proceedings of the relationship between nature conservation, biodiversity and organic agriculture, Vignola, Italy 1999, 52.


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Use organic rather than mineral fertilizers Farmland Conservation

A small 2000 literature review on aspects of organic farming (Pfiffner 2000) found that organic fertilizers can enhance ground-dwelling arthropods through a richer supply of detritus-eating soil invertebrates (saprophagous mesofauna) (Purvis & Curry 1984). Organic fertilizers without the use of pesticides produced the highest earthworm biomass (Bauchhenss 1991).

Additional references:

Bauchhenss J. (1991) Regenwurmtaxozönosen auf Ackerflächen unterschiedlicher Düngungs- und Pflanzenschutzintensitäten [Earthworm taxonomic communities on arable land with different fertilization and plant protection intensities]. Bayerisches Landwirtschaftliches Jahrbuch, 68, 335-354.