Agro-ecosystem biodiversity includes all components of biodiversity relevant to food and agriculture, including genetic crops and livestock resources. While species extinction is a matter of increasing concern, changes in biodiversity in the world’s agricultural landscapes have been largely escaped attention. Biodiversity has formed the basis for human food production system and plays an important role in the provision of services, namely the production of food, fuel and fiber, as well as revenue and materials for clothing, shelter and medicine. Biodiversity in agro-ecosystems also provides cultural services that form key elements of the agricultural knowledge base, and define the spiritual, religious, and aesthetic values for human society. In a broader context, biodiversity serves important functions that enhance the environment resource base in which agriculture depends, for example, regulating and supporting services, including the recycling of nutrients, regulation of microclimate and local hydrological processes (water purification), soil formation, suppression of undesirable organisms, detoxification of noxious chemicals, and providing a variety of beneficial organisms such as pollinators and soil organisms.

Population growth, changes in food demand, conversion to high-input modern agriculture, land use changes, and the globalization of agricultural markets have led to the rapid loss of agricultural biodiversity, and of biodiversity in wild-land ecosystems. Agricultural landscapes are part of our natural capital, and the flow of services that they provide is ‘interest’ of capital, so people need to choose a mix of genes, species, and ecosystems to maintain the flow of ecosystem services for a range of environmental and social risks. This requires understanding the risk implications of changes in the mix that will help to design adequate strategies for the management of agriculture and conservation biology to maintain ecologically acceptable level of biodiversity on this planet.

Agroecosystem Biodiversity: Managing Diversity in the Agricultural Landscape under Global Change

1. Genetic diversity
2. Diversity of species
3. Diversity of ecosystems
4. Ethnobiology
5. Life Science and Technology


Place : WISMA MM UGM, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Date : 19-20 March 2016
Time : 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. WIB

Note: All manuscripts relating to the sub-themes can be submitted, not only agricultural matter.