IESC Seminar Series - Organic vs. conventional: How does biodiversity respond to farming type and agricultural practices? - by E. Karacetin
Institute of Environmental Sciences Seminar Series
“Organic vs. conventional: How does biodiversity respond to farming type and agricultural practices?”
By Assist. Prof. Evrim Karaçetin, Erciyes University
We cordially invite you to the online seminar “Organic vs. conventional: How does biodiversity respond to farming type and agricultural practices?” by Dr. Evrim Karaçetin, Erciyes University.
When: 31 October, Monday, 17:00-18:00
Where: We will be sharing the Zoom link with the registrants a few days before the seminar via email. Please do not forget to register using the below link.
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Organic vs. Conventional? How does biodiversity respond to farming type and agricultural practices in olive groves in Ayvacık, Çanakkale, Turkey?
Karacetin E., Balkiz O., Bilgin, C.C., Elverici M., Guclu H., Karabacak P., Turak A., Demirbas-Caglayan S., Vural M., Bekyurek Y.
Biodiversity is an important part of agricultural ecosystems and all production processes influence the components of the biodiversity within farms. Organic farming is mostly acknowledged as environmentally and biodiversity friendly, yet many studies have contradictory results and conclude the effects differ between organism groups and landscapes. In this talk we will share the results of a case study from the olive groves in Ayvacık. We selected 15 organic and conventional olive groves and 3 natural habitats (> 6 ha each) by GIS methods to randomize the sampling units and minimize the influence of topography, anthropogenic elements (roads, buildings, etc.), climate, and vegetation and we established a standardized sampling scheme. We sampled major biodiversity components including birds, butterflies and plants. We found that soil management methods had the most significant impact on biodiversity regardless of the farming method as pesticide use was nearly minimal in both types of farming methods in this region. We conclude that individual farming methods should be well defined when aiming for biodiversity friendly farming and when establishing support schemes at the national scale.
Dr. Evrim Karaçetin is an Assistant Professor at Erciyes University, Department of Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences Program. Dr. Karaçetin has received her PhD from Oregon State University, Environmental Sciences Program, Department of Ecology, and carried out her post-doc studies at the same university at the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology. Her deep interest in butterflies dates back to her undergraduate years at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, where Dr. Karaçetin was studying biology. Evrim Karaçetin took part in several nature conservation projects since 1996 as a consultant, researcher and volunteer and is a board member of the Butterfly Conservation Europe and its representative in Turkey.