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Lefroy, EC and Smith, PF 2004 , 'The biodiversity value of farming systems and agricultural landscapes' , Pacific Conservation Biology, vol. 10, no. 2-3 , pp. 80-87 .

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The current effort in Australia to increase the proportion of perennial vegetation in agricultural landscapes to manage
dryland salinity presents opportunities to improve the viability of remnant vegetation and its dependant biota. At this
intersection of ecology and agriculture, many questions arise concerning interpretations of biodiversity from the
perspectives of landowners and conservationists, the conservation priorities in agricultural landscapes, and the role of
ecological science in understanding the functional contribution of emerging perennial-plant based farming systems to
the viability of the native biota. This paper provides the background for the four papers that follow, presented originally
at a workshop at Rutherglen in Victoria in October 2003 to discuss the issue of biodiversity values in agricultural
landscapes. It then puts forward an approach to research into the biodiversity value of perennial land use systems
based on three principles; understanding regional conservation priorities, appreciating farm scale priorities and constraints
from the perspective of the landholder, and identifying response functions to establish the role of revegetation in
maintaining the viability of the native biota.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Lefroy, EC and Smith, PF
Keywords: Biodiversity, Conservation, Farming systems, Agriculture.
Journal or Publication Title: Pacific Conservation Biology
ISSN: 1038-2097
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