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See detailMapping the dependency of crops on pollinators in Belgium
Jacquemin, Floriane ULiege; Violle, Cyrille; Rasmont, Pierre et al

in One Ecosystem (2017)

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See detailLes services écosystémiques : Définitions et cadre conceptuel
Maebe, Laura ULiege; Dufrêne, Marc ULiege; Pipart, Nathalie et al

Conference given outside the academic context (2017)

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See detailLinking Forest Cover to Water Quality: A Multivariate Analysis of Large Monitoring Datasets
Brogna, Delphine; Michez, Adrien ULiege; Jacobs, Sander et al

in Water (2017), 9(3), 176

Forested catchments are generally assumed to provide higher quality water. However, this hypothesis must be validated in various contexts as interactions between multiple land use and land cover (LULC ... [more ▼]

Forested catchments are generally assumed to provide higher quality water. However, this hypothesis must be validated in various contexts as interactions between multiple land use and land cover (LULC) types, ecological variables and water quality variables render this relationship highly complex. This paper applies a straightforward multivariate approach on a typical large monitoring dataset of a highly managed and densely populated area (Wallonia, Belgium; 10-year dataset), quantifying forest cover effects on nine physico-chemical water quality variables. Results show that forest cover explains about one third of the variability of water quality and is positively correlated with higher quality water. When controlling for spatial autocorrelation, forest cover still explains 9% of water quality. Unlike needle-leaved forest cover, broad-leaved forest cover presents an independent effect from ecological variables and explains independently 4.8% of water quality variability while it shares 5.8% with cropland cover. This study demonstrates clear independent effects of forest cover on water quality, and presents a method to tease out independent LULC effects from typical large multivariate monitoring datasets. Further research on explanatory variables, spatial distribution effects and water quality datasets could lead to effective strategies to mitigate pollution and reach legal targets. [less ▲]

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See detailL’agroécologie, vers la concrétisation d’une utopie ?
Bindelle, Jérôme ULiege; De Schutter, Olivier; Dufrêne, Marc ULiege et al

Article for general public (2017)

L’agroécologie prône une vision plus responsable de l’agriculture, plus respectueuse de la Terre et de l’Homme. Elle trouve une résonance croissante chez nous, tant dans la société que dans le monde ... [more ▼]

L’agroécologie prône une vision plus responsable de l’agriculture, plus respectueuse de la Terre et de l’Homme. Elle trouve une résonance croissante chez nous, tant dans la société que dans le monde agricole. Quels sont les enjeux de l’agriculture de demain auquel tente de répondre ce modèle alternatif ? Comment creuse-t-il son sillon dans notre paysage agricole ? Quels sont les principes, freins et leviers pour sa mise en oeuvre et sa pérennisation ? [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of the conversion of intensive grasslands into Christmas tree plantations on bird assemblages
Gailly, Robin ULiege; Paquet, Jean-Yves; Titeux, Nicolas et al

in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment (2017), 247

Over the last decade, the conversion of annual-rotation based crops or grassland areas into non-food perennial crops has been increasingly prevalent in European farming systems. This shift is associated ... [more ▼]

Over the last decade, the conversion of annual-rotation based crops or grassland areas into non-food perennial crops has been increasingly prevalent in European farming systems. This shift is associated with major changes in management practices and has created new environmental conditions and resources for wildlife. Impacts on birds have been examined for bioenergy agricultural systems, such as miscanthus plantations and short-rotation willow coppice. However, they remain largely unknown for Christmas tree plantations (CTPs) that have recently increased considerably in some European countries. We examined the extent to which CTPs alter bird species assemblages in the farmland areas of southern Belgium, where they mainly replace intensive grassland. The abundance of birds was recorded during the breeding season in randomly selected sites located in grassland and in CTP. Results show that introduction of CTP into landscapes dominated by grassland with low hedge densities locally increases bird species richness and abundance without leading to biotic homogenization. Differences in species richness and abundance between grassland and CTP decrease with increasing hedge densities. A community analysis indicates that the plantation of Christmas trees enriches the bird assemblage of intensive grassland areas. In intensive grassland with few hedges, small-size CTPs could constitute an option to increase structural heterogeneity and provide new potential breeding conditions for some farmland birds. However, questions remain about the genuine quality of the resources available in CTP and further research is needed to examine the breeding success and survival of birds that settle in this type of habitat. [less ▲]

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See detailHow does forest cover impact water flows and ecosystem services? Insights from real-life catchments in Wallonia (Belgium)
Brogna, Delphine; Vincke, Caroline; Brostaux, Yves ULiege et al

in Ecological Indicators (2017), 72

While planet boundaries are being crossed and ecosystems degraded, the Ecosystem Service (ES) conceptrepresents a potential decision-making tool for improved natural resources management. The main aimof ... [more ▼]

While planet boundaries are being crossed and ecosystems degraded, the Ecosystem Service (ES) conceptrepresents a potential decision-making tool for improved natural resources management. The main aimof this paper is to assess the impact of forest cover on water related ES in Wallonia (Belgium) in termsof quantity and timing. We developed an approach based on easily accessible data, monitored in severalcountries and using straightforward statistical methods. This led us to study ES at “real-life” catchmentsscale: 22 catchments – from 30 to 250 km2– with mixed land covers were studied. We approached thewater supply and flood protection services through 5 indicators extracted from 10 hydrological years(2005–2014) discharge data series. These were computed annually and seasonally (vegetation periodfrom March to September and “non-vegetation” period the rest of the year). The water supply wasassessed through the specific volume Vs, the baseflow index BFI and the specific discharge exceeded95% of the time Q95s whereas the flood protection service was approached through the specific dis-charge exceeded 5% of the time Q05s and the flashiness index FI. Our study gives two main insights. First,statistical analyses show that forest cover negatively impact water supply when studying annual and“non-vegetation” period flows in general (Vs) but positively when studying low flows (Q95s). Regardingflood protection a slightly negative impact of forest cover on high flows (Q05s) was highlighted in the“non-vegetation” period. Results also show a negative impact of forests annually and in the vegetationperiod on the flashy behaviour of the catchment thus a positive impact on the flood protection ES. The“year” effect is overall highly significant testifying the importance of climatic factors. Rainfall is oftensignificant and can be considered as a main driver of these ES. Secondly, analyzing the quality of themodels produced and the results overall we assume that other variables characterizing the catchmentssuch as topography or soil types do play a significant role in the delivery of these ES. This questions theuse of land cover proxies in assessing and mapping of hydrological ES at a complex landscape scale. Wethus recommend further research to keep improving land cover proxies if they are used. [less ▲]

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See detailEcosystem services in Wallonie ... What's up?
Maebe, Laura ULiege; Pipart, Nathalie; Dendoncker, Nicolas et al

Poster (2016, December 13)

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See detailNaturalist historical databases help us to better understand plant-bee interactions and their dynamics across space and time
Jacquemin, Floriane ULiege; Folschweiller, Morgane; Drossart, Maxime et al

Poster (2016, December 02)

This work highlights the interest of compiling opportunistic naturalist databases and to systematically inform the host plants on which species are observed during sampling time to assess the impact of ... [more ▼]

This work highlights the interest of compiling opportunistic naturalist databases and to systematically inform the host plants on which species are observed during sampling time to assess the impact of land-use changes on plant-bee interactions, thanks to unique historical time series. Such initiative is a step forward in the perspective of pollination service mapping and tracking of changes at a biogeographical scale. [less ▲]

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See detailPlant diversity loss forces shift in ecological strategies for wild bees : Insights from historical time series at a country-wide scale
Jacquemin, Floriane ULiege; Violle, Cyrille; Munoz, François et al

Conference (2016, October 27)

Network analysis approach was used to investigate species composition, their interactions and dynamics over time to relate network patterns to ecological processes. Historical database used contains ... [more ▼]

Network analysis approach was used to investigate species composition, their interactions and dynamics over time to relate network patterns to ecological processes. Historical database used contains information about plant species visited at sampling time for ~ 50,000 identified specimens since 1900. Several indices were calculated to characterize the network topology (connectance, mean number of links, modularity, nestedness, H2fun, d2fun,…) and the ecological roles of bees (participation (c) and connectivity (z) coefficients). As a result, we identified a loss of bee species specialization through a loss of very specialist bee species and a shift to more generalist species. This work highlights the interest of compiling opportunistic naturalist databases and systematically informing the host plants on which species are observed. [less ▲]

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See detailMise en place de pratiques agricoles de conservation: quel impact sur la vie du sol
Degrune, Florine ULiege; Boeraeve, Fanny ULiege; Vandenbol, Micheline ULiege et al

Poster (2016, October 04)

Le projet Farm4Future a été lancé en 2015 et consiste en un suivi intégré d’un réseau d’exploitations agricoles belges en cours de transition vers des pratiques dites « de conservation ». Les ... [more ▼]

Le projet Farm4Future a été lancé en 2015 et consiste en un suivi intégré d’un réseau d’exploitations agricoles belges en cours de transition vers des pratiques dites « de conservation ». Les exploitations étudiées dans le cadre de ce projet sont caractérisées par des changements de gestion incluant notamment : (1) des associations de culture, (2) des couverts permanents, (3) une réduction du travail du sol et (4) l’introduction de structures vertes telles que les haies ou les bandes fleuries. Afin d’évaluer le potentiel agronomique et écologique de ces systèmes agricoles, une série de mesures ont été effectuées dans deux types de sol aux propriétés texturales contrastées : sable limoneux et un limon sableux. Afin d’obtenir un point de comparaison, les mêmes mesures ont été effectuées sur les parcelles des agriculteurs voisins restés en intensif et conventionnel. Parmi ces mesures, nous étudions la réponse de plusieurs indicateurs biologiques de qualité des sols telle que la diversité microbienne. L’étude a démontré un effet du type de pratiques agricoles sur la diversité microbienne en fonction du type de sol. Nous avons également identifié les microorganismes sensibles au type de pratiques agricoles. Cependant, l’étude nous amène à démontrer une grande hétérogénéité de réponses au sein de chacun de ces groupes. En effet, même si certains grands groupes sont globalement plus abondants sous pratiques de conservation (ou conventionnel), la réponse des microorganismes au sein de ces groupes à des niveaux taxonomiques plus fins (genre ou espèce) n’est pas uniforme. Aujourd’hui, même si les outils moléculaires de séquençage à haut débit ont permis de mettre en lumière l’incroyable diversité microbienne des sols, les services écosystémiques rendus par ces microorganismes sont encore très peu connus car moins de 1% des organismes est cultivable en laboratoire. [less ▲]

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See detailEcosystem services in Wallonie ... What's up?
Maebe, Laura ULiege; Nathalie, Pipart; Brogna, Delphine et al

Poster (2016, September 20)

In Wallonia, a growing amount of projects on ecosystem services (ES) are conducted. These projects implement the ES concept at different spatial scales (ranging from the country scale to the plot scale ... [more ▼]

In Wallonia, a growing amount of projects on ecosystem services (ES) are conducted. These projects implement the ES concept at different spatial scales (ranging from the country scale to the plot scale), focus on some particular ES or consider all of them and finally, rely on one or multiple valuation types (i.e. biophysical, social and economic). With their multiple dimensions they feed each other with reflexions and methods. The aim of the stand is to give an overview of these ongoing projects taking place in Wallonia. Their similarities and common objectives will be highlighted on posters while their specificities will be presented by means of games, activities, quiz, etc. We hope to stimulate discussions and debates on our methods and results, to foster networking and knowledge exchange. Hereunder, we give a short overview of these projects to give hints on the diversity addressed by our stand. At the Belgian scale, BELBEES, a project funded by BELSPO, aims to identify the factors responsible for the decline of wild bees. Different hypotheses are tested, including the impact of land-use changes and the reduction of floral resources availability at geographical and temporal scales. The results will allow tracking historical community-level changes in pollination service at a biogeographical scale. Such initiative is a step forward in the perspective of ecosystem service mapping. In Wallonia, various projects on ES are underway: Wal-ES, a federating platform between the Walloon administrations and the scientists, aims to create and disseminate decision support tools based on the ecosystem services concept. In order to build the common core for these tools, Wal-ES defines a conceptual framework, an integrated ecosystem services valuation framework and a database regrouping all the information needed to assess ES in Wallonia. This platform helps to conduct a practical application of its integrated ES valuation framework to land planning at a local scale. This application aims to define a methodology for impact assessment of land-consolidation plans based on ES while testing it on a case study covering three municipalities in Wallonia. LIFE IN QUARRIES aims to develop biodiversity and ecosystem services in Walloon active quarries. One of its actions is the assessment and the monitoring of ES provided by a quarry regarding the restoration, maintenance and management of the nature undertaken during the project. BIOECOSYS project is focused on qualitative and quantitative assessment of ecosystem services provided by grasslands according to their management and their territorial context. The field study aims to determine production services under different soils and climatic conditions while the goal of the regional study is the mapping of several ES (production and regulation services). Other projects focus on a more regional or local scale: The first one studies the impact of forest cover on regulating services at the regional scale. This study investigates the impact of forest cover on hydrological services (i.e. water supply, water damage mitigation) in terms of quantity, timing and quality. The methods studying the impact of forest cover on water quality and carbon storage regulation service will be presented as well as the results of the impact of forest cover on the quantity and timing aspects. Secondly, a PhD project is looking at sown wildflower strips in agricultural fields. In the project, it is tested whether increasing the functional diversity of the flower mixtures used in wildflower strips can be a tool to optimize pollination and biodiversity support services. Another PhD research project is underway, willing to explore the relationships between biodiversity, functional diversity and the delivery of ecosystem services (pest control and pollination) in agricultural landscapes. This project aims at identifying the role of landscape and its ecological infrastructures (mainly Agro-Environment Schemes) on the species and functional traits composition of different arthropods assemblages. We will then link these diversity patterns to the provisioning of the ecosystem services of interest. Ongoing work also addresses agricultural practices, by analysing the contribution of agroecological farming systems to the delivery of ecosystem services. This project relies on an integrated valuation including both a biophysical and a social valuation. Focusing on the same fields as the above project, this one attempts to develop an innovative method to assess ecosystem services in agricultural fields by means of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones). [less ▲]

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See detailAre Christmas tree plantations a suitable habitat for farmland birds?
Gailly, Robin ULiege; Paquet, Jean-Yves; Titeux, Nicolas et al

Conference (2016, September 06)

Over the last decade, nonfood perennial crops have been increasingly prevalent in European farming systems. Here, vegetation structure and crop management greatly differ from conventional crops and may ... [more ▼]

Over the last decade, nonfood perennial crops have been increasingly prevalent in European farming systems. Here, vegetation structure and crop management greatly differ from conventional crops and may likely impact farmland birds. Impacts on birds have been examined for bioenergy agricultural systems, such as miscanthus plantations and short rotation willow coppice. In Europe, the extend of Christmas tree plantations (CTP) has recently increased dramatically in farmland but their impacts on farmland birds remains largely unknown. We examined the extent to which CTP in southern Belgium alter bird species assemblages compared to traditional farmland. The presence and abundance of birds were recorded twice during a breeding season in randomly selected sites located in farmland areas with and without CTP. Results show that the conversion of traditional farmland into CTP modifies bird species assemblages and locally increases bird diversity and density without inducing biotic homogenization. This observed pattern indicates that CTP might constitute an interesting alternative habitat for farmland birds. However bird presence or abundance may be confounding indicator of habitat quality because individuals may be attracted to low-quality habitats in human modified landscapes. The European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola was chosen as a model species to investigate the quality of CTP as a breeding habitat in more details. Habitat quality in CTP was assessed with measures of reproductive success and survival. These measures were compared with those collected in traditional farmland. Although vegetation structure, field management and nest placement are highly different between habitat types, our first results suggest that CTP are not of lesser quality than traditional farmland for the European Stonechat. [less ▲]

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See detailAre Christmas tree plantations a suitable habitat for farmland birds?
Gailly, Robin ULiege; Paquet, Jean-Yves; Titeux, Nicolas et al

Poster (2016, September 06)

Over the last decade, nonfood perennial crops have been increasingly prevalent in European farming systems. Here, vegetation structure and crop management greatly differ from conventional crops and may ... [more ▼]

Over the last decade, nonfood perennial crops have been increasingly prevalent in European farming systems. Here, vegetation structure and crop management greatly differ from conventional crops and may likely impact farmland birds. Impacts on birds have been examined for bioenergy agricultural systems, such as miscanthus plantations and short rotation willow coppice. In Europe, the extend of Christmas tree plantations (CTP) has recently increased dramatically in farmland but their impacts on farmland birds remains largely unknown. We examined the extent to which CTP in southern Belgium alter bird species assemblages compared to traditional farmland. The presence and abundance of birds were recorded twice during a breeding season in randomly selected sites located in farmland areas with and without CTP. Results show that the conversion of traditional farmland into CTP modifies bird species assemblages and locally increases bird diversity and density without inducing biotic homogenization. This observed pattern indicates that CTP might constitute an interesting alternative habitat for farmland birds. However bird presence or abundance may be confounding indicator of habitat quality because individuals may be attracted to low-quality habitats in human modified landscapes. The European Stonechat Saxicola rubicola was chosen as a model species to investigate the quality of CTP as a breeding habitat in more details. Habitat quality in CTP was assessed with measures of reproductive success and survival. These measures were compared with those collected in traditional farmland. Although vegetation structure, field management and nest placement are highly different between habitat types, our first results suggest that CTP are not of lesser quality than traditional farmland for the European Stonechat. [less ▲]

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See detailLandscape diversity, better for biodiversity? - hoverflies and butterflies in different agri-environment schemes
Pécheur, Emilie ULiege; Piqueray, Julien; Dopagne, Claude ULiege et al

Conference (2016, August 31)

In Europe, agri-environment schemes (AES) are designed to give credit to environmental issues in agricultural practices. Among the different Walloon AES, some are dedicated to enhance and preserve ... [more ▼]

In Europe, agri-environment schemes (AES) are designed to give credit to environmental issues in agricultural practices. Among the different Walloon AES, some are dedicated to enhance and preserve biodiversity linked to the agroecosystems. This study wishes to explore, at a landscape scale, how do different AES perform regarding butterflies and syrphidae diversity. Data collection occurred in five categories of ecological infrastructures (EI): four types of agri-environmental schemes (grassy strips, wildflower strips, bird-feeding margins, species-rich meadows) and cereal crops. Five replicates were selected for each category. Syrphidae were collected in water traps once per month, from May to July. Butterflies were monitored along transects from May to Augustus. Plant species were identified in every plot, within a 1-m radius around the traps and along a transect through every plot. Preliminary results show that abundance and species diversity of butterflies is significantly higher in parcels with floral resources. Moreover, hosts plants for larvae and foraging plants for adults are significantly more present in two types of AES: the wildflower strips and the species-rich meadows. Regarding the identified plant species, categories are divided in three groups (crops apart): bird-feeding margins; species-rich meadows and grassy strips; wildflower strips (Fig.1). Concerning hoverflies, a significantly higher abundance is observed in the wildflower strips compared to the crops in June (p= 0.008). Other abundance values in May and July show no difference. These results suggest that wildflower strips are performing infrastructures for biodiversity conservation in agroecosystems. As the presence of floral resources seem to be an important factor for the presence of foraging of adults, attention should be paid to the provisioning of food resources for the larval stages, especially butterflies, at a landscape scale in order to assure a sustainable approach in biodiversity support. [less ▲]

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