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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Strategies to Predict and Manipulate Responses of Crops and Crop Disease to Anticipated Changes of Carbon Dioxide, Ozone and Temperature

Location: Plant Science Research

Title: Introduction to special section – Supporting ecosystem services with conservation agricultural approaches

Author
item FRANZLUEBBERS, ALAN

Submitted to: Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: February 11, 2013
Publication Date: May 2, 2013
Citation: Franzluebbers, A.J. 2013. Introduction to special section – Supporting ecosystem services with conservation agricultural approaches. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems. 28:99-101.

Interpretive Summary: Ecosystem services are the properties and processes of the natural world that contribute to the well-being of plants, animals, and humans in a holistic and global context. For too long, members of the agricultural community have been solely focused on the provision of food, feed, and fiber. Of course, this essential human innovation has provided hugely important products engineered for mass production that serves all of human society. However, agriculture and the ecosystems in which it is practiced provide numerous other services that are becoming increasingly relevant to its very survival and the survival of humans that it supports. A scientist with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Raleigh NC convened a symposium at the Annual Meetings of the American Society of Agronomy-Crop Science Society of America-Soil Science Society of America in San Antonio TX in 2011, and a set of four papers are being published to address how conservation agricultural approaches can provide ecosystem services beyond food, feed, and fiber production. This editorial introduces the rationale and need for future research on this theme.

Technical Abstract: Ecosystem services are the properties and processes of the natural world that contribute to the well-being of plants, animals, and humans in a holistic and global context. For too long, members of the agricultural community have been solely focused on the provision of food, feed, and fiber. Of course, this essential human innovation has provided hugely important products engineered for mass production that serves all of human society. However, agriculture and the ecosystems in which it is practiced provide numerous other services that are becoming increasingly relevant to its very survival and the survival of humans that it supports. A scientist with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Raleigh NC convened a symposium at the Annual Meetings of the American Society of Agronomy-Crop Science Society of America-Soil Science Society of America in San Antonio TX in 2011, and a set of four papers are being published to address how conservation agricultural approaches can provide ecosystem services beyond food, feed, and fiber production. This editorial introduces the rationale and need for future research on this theme.

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