LIFE Olivares Vivos. Increasing the profitability of olive farming by recovering biodiversity. First results
Landscape-moderated biodiversity effects of ground herb cover in olive groves: Implications for regional biodiversity conservation
Interacting effects of landscape and management on plant–solitary bee networks in olive orchards
Review of the use of insect hotels for the study of interaction networks in agroecosystems: insights from their use in olive farms.
Olivares Vivos. Biodiversity as added value in agriculture. From ecosystem services to market differentiation
Biodiversity in Andalusian olive orchards: assessing the effect of agricultural management and landscape simplification
ECOSYSTEM SERVICES PROVIDED BY BIODIVERSITY
These are the services provided by biodiversity to agriculture and society in general. Olivares Vivos olive groves produce Extra Virgin Olive Oil, but they also protect the soil, air, and water, and mitigate climate change while farmers use less fertilisers and pesticides.
LA FAUNA AND FLORA OF OLIVE GROVES
For one year, the University of Jaen and the Spanish National Research Council conducted the largest study worldwide on the biodiversity of olive groves. They found 686 plant species (17% of the vascular flora of Andalusia and 8% of that of the Iberian Peninsula), 165 bird species (over 25% of the bird species of Spain), and 58 ant species (one fifth of the species of the Iberian Peninsula and the Balearic Islands).
A new species to science and a species rediscovered. The effort has been so considerable that, in the framework of this research, a new plant – Linaria gartobensis and an ant species previously thought to be extinct – Aphaenogaster gemella have been discovered in the olive groves of the study.