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Informing our understanding of society and ecology in landscapes dominated by agricultural productivity through scientific research and community collaboration.

Agricultural areas dominate Australia’s landscape and have played an important role in forming the social fabric of our national identity. These areas provide food and resources for our cities and make-up a major component of our international exports. Agricultural areas are also home to many of Australia’s threatened flora and fauna, as remnant habitats remain within the matrix of agricultural systems that include livestock grazing, cropping and horticulture. The pressure to intensify production to feed a growing global population will have further impacts on biodiversity values at a range of scales from paddock to landscape. As producers and researchers grapple with how to produce more under the additional pressure of climate change, it is equally important for ecologists to better understand the impact of current and potential future practices on our biodiverse natural assets, so that we can develop more environmentally-sustainable agricultural systems.

This research chapter aims to bring together scientists and practitioners studying and working in agricultural systems to better understand how to maintain and increase native flora and fauna in these landscapes, while at the same time ensuring sustainable agricultural production. We aim to facilitate collaborations between people, institutions and the community to ensure that ecological and social knowledge transfer occurs effectively, and that research outcomes which inform NRM best-practice relating to agricultural landscapes are disseminated.

To find out more about this group, please read about our goals and our current activities, or if you would like further information pertaining to this Chapter, please contact:

Convenors: Sacha Jellinek & Kerry Bridle

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  • We plan to host a symposium bi-annually at the ESA conference.


  • To provide a central point of contact for ESA members and other researchers/practitioners who are working in agricultural landscapes.
  • To promote multi-disciplinary research in agricultural landscapes.
  • To study the resilience of people and places and the interaction between local communities and the environment.
  • To outline the ecosystem services provided by native plants and animals to agricultural production.
  • To provide a register of experts and ensure Information exchange between institutions, organisations and the community.
  • To identify and support future research developments in agricultural landscapes?

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