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    Authors: de Olde, Evelien;

    Current environmental, economic and social challenges urge agriculture to change to more sustainable modes of production. Insight in the impact of a system or a potential innovation on sustainability could support decision makers in identifying actions towards sustainable development. Over the past decade, therefore, a large number of tools have been developed to assess sustainability performance at farm level. Several concerns, however, have been raised whether assessment results provide reliable and valid conclusions about the sustainability performance of farms, and whether these conclusions can be implemented in practice. To evaluate the contribution of farm-level assessment tools to sustainable development of agriculture, this thesis analyzed current approaches to assessing sustainability. One of these approaches is the sustainability assessment tool RISE 2.0, which was used to assess the sustainability performance of 37 organic farms in Denmark. Analysis of the assessment results showed the impact of decisions, made during the development of a tool (e.g. selection of themes, indicators, reference values, scoring and aggregation method), on the assessment results. This emphasizes the importance of transparency in sustainability assessment tools to understand assessment results and identify actions to improve. Subsequently, a comparison of sustainability assessment tools in practice was made to gain insight into practical requirements, procedures and relevance perceived by farmers. Of 48 indicator-based sustainability assessment tools, only four tools (RISE, SAFA, PG and IDEA) complied to the selection criteria and were applied to assess the sustainability performance of five Danish farms. Characteristics including data requirements, assessment time, complexity, transparency and output accuracy varied between tools. Critical factors in farmers’ perception of tool relevance were context specificity, user-friendliness, complexity of the tool, language use, and a match between value judgements of tool developers and farmers. Farmers, moreover, indicated that implementing conclusions derived from sustainability assessments is challenging given the complex organization of agricultural systems. A more in-depth analysis of the four tools revealed a high diversity in selected indicators, themes, reference values, and scoring and aggregation methods. This results in different conclusions on the sustainability performance of farms, which does not only cause confusion but also affects the trust in, and reliability and implementation of, sustainability assessments. Variability in tools is caused by different perspectives on how to assess sustainability and is related to differences in context, priorities and value judgements of tool developers. These differences also play a role in the prioritization of criteria for indicator selection. To explore whether sustainability experts agreed on which criteria are most important in the selection of indicators and indicators sets for sustainability assessments, two ranking surveys were carried out. Both surveys showed a lack of consensus amongst experts about how best to measure agricultural sustainability. This thesis revealed variability in approaches to assess sustainability at farm level. This makes current assessment tools less suitable for functions that require a high reliability and validity, such as certification. Instead, current assessment tools present a useful starting point for discussion, reflection and learning on sustainable development of farming. To enhance the contribution of tools towards sustainable development of agriculture, more attention should be paid to increasing reliability and validity of tools, and improving transparency, harmonization, participation and implementation of assessments.

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    Authors: Pavageau, Charlotte;

    Complex agro-ecological landscapes are recognized for providing a range of ecosystem goods and services at different levels. Agricultural intensification affects the long-term sustainability of these landscapes by weakening natural processes that are indirectly important to agriculture, such as pollination, biological control of pest or soil retention. In response, agro-ecological intensification has appeared as an approach to ensure the sustainability of agricultural landscapes. This approach is based on the active management of ecosystem services. However, implementation of this approach remains a challenge given there is insufficient information on the functioning of ecosystem services, trade-offs between different land management strategies and decisions, as well as other socio-economic barriers. Pollination services provide significant contributions to agricultural production. In recent years, wild pollinators have received increased attention. Pollination services depend on the interactions between various spatially separated elements of the landscape, such as nesting and foraging resources, and are influenced by interventions from various actors, such as agricultural practices. As a result, the evaluation and planning of pollination services requires adopting a socio-ecological landscape approach. This thesis aims to explore the effectiveness and implications of different strategies of landscape management for pollination services and agricultural production. It focuses on a coffee tropical agroforestry landscape in Kodagu district in India where the wild honeybee species, Apis dorsata, is the main pollinator species. In the first two results chapters, I explore the ecosystem services cascade by showing the interactions between landscape patterns, management practices and ecosystem service delivery across temporal and spatial scales. In the next chapter, I propose two landscape management strategies aimed at optimizing pollination services for agricultural production. In the last chapter, I discuss how both social and ecological factors interact to co-produce pollination services. After a general introduction, in Chapter 2, I examine the interactions between landscape patterns, in particular land cover and resource heterogeneity, and the distribution of wild nests of Apis dorsata. I reveal scaling and non-uniform effects by combining two different approaches of spatial analysis, the point-pattern analysis and the cutting-edge surface-pattern analysis. I conclude that both forest fragments and the agroforestry matrix influence the presence of nests, although the scale of the interactions vary across the two land covers (fine scales for forest fragments, and broad scales for agroforests) and are not uniform across the study zone. The results demonstrate how maintaining structurally complex landscapes at multiple scales help to preserve bee populations. In Chapter 3, I develop a landscape-scale probabilistic pollination model of dispersion of Apis dorsata, from their nesting habitats, mostly in forest patches, to surrounding coffee plantations. Using the electrical circuit theory, the model indicates that honeybees are highly sensitive to temporal changes in coffee flower availability at landscape scales, and that their movement is not limited by fragmentation of tree cover. The flowering of individual coffee plantations is controlled by irrigation decisions from farmers. The results show that the aggregation of individual decisions creates an emergent dynamic landscape-scale pattern of flowering to which honeybees are responding. The pollination model has broad relevance for other complex mosaic landscapes where floral resources are dynamic. In Chapter 4, I explore optimal landscape management strategies that maximize pollination services and simultaneously increase agricultural production. Using the pollination model in Chapter 2 and an optimization algorithm, I compare the potential benefits of two alternative management strategies: a spatio-temporal management of coffee flowering (via the coordination of irrigation dates), versus habitat conservation, which impacts the spatial distribution of nests. Coordinated efforts on irrigation allow greater gains in terms of pollinator visits than a redistribution of nests in different nesting sites. However, both scenarios lead to similar significant increases in fruit set. While irrigation coordination aims to minimize inter-plantation competitions, conservation of multiple nesting sites redistributes bee individuals more effectively across plantations. Given each strategy involves different stakeholders and different types of decision, I assess the challenges associated to the implementation of each scenario and possible trade-offs with other management options. In Chapter 5, I use a socio-ecological approach for assessing alternatives to ecosystem service management. I compare pollination services supported by wild bees versus managed bees, using ecological data and interviews with farmers. I demonstrate that Apis dorsata is more abundant in coffee plantations and also supports more heterogeneous pollination services in space and time than the managed pollinator, Apis cerana. I highlight the interrelationships between different human factors that influence the mobilization of hives or the management of wild nesting sites by coffee farmers. These ”mediating factors“ include individual farmer’s assets, institutions and policies, values and perceptions. This approach is useful to understand to which extent recommendations on pollination services are relevant for local actors.

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    Authors: Michiel de Haas;

    The economic history of Sub-Saharan Africa is characterized by geographically and temporally dispersed booms and busts. The export-led ‘cash-crop revolution’ in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa during the colonial era is a key example of an economic boom. This thesis examines how external influences and local realities shaped the nature, extent and impact of the ‘cash-crop revolution’ in colonial Uganda, a landlocked country in central east Africa, where cotton and coffee production for global markets took off following completion of a railway to the coast. The thesis consists of five targeted ‘interventions’ into contemporary debates of comparative African development. Each of these five interventions is grounded in the understanding that the ability of rural Africans to respond to and benefit from trade integration during the colonial era was mediated by colonial policies, resource endowments and local institutions. The first chapter reconstructs welfare development of Ugandan cash-crop farmers. Recent scholarship on historical welfare development in Sub-Saharan Africa has uncovered long-term trends in standards of living. How the majority of rural dwellers fared, however, remains largely elusive. This chapter presents a new approach to reconstructing rural living standards in a historical context, building upon the well-established real wage literature, but moving beyond it to capture rural realities, employing sub-national rural survey, census, and price data. The approach is applied to colonial and early post-colonial Uganda (1915–70), and yields a number of findings. While an expanding smallholder-based cash-crop sector established itself as the backbone of Uganda’s colonial economy, farm characteristics remained largely stagnant after the initial adoption of cash crops. Smallholders maintained living standards well above subsistence level, and while the profitability of cash crops was low, their cultivation provided a reliable source of cash income. At the same time, there were pronounced limits to rural welfare expansion. Around the time of decolonization, unskilled wages rose rapidly while farm incomes lagged behind. As a result, an urban–rural income reversal took place. The study also reveals considerable differences within Uganda, which were mediated to an important extent by differential resource endowments. Smallholders in Uganda’s banana regions required fewer labour inputs to maintain a farm income than their grain-farming counterparts, creating opportunities for additional income generation and livelihood diversification. The second chapter zooms in on labour migration which connected Belgian-controlled Ruanda-Urundi to British-controlled Buganda, the central province of Uganda on the shores of Lake Victoria. The emergence of new labour mobility patterns was a key aspect of economic change in colonial Africa. Under conditions of land abundance and labour scarcity, the supply of wage labour required either the ‘pull’ forces of attractive working conditions and high wages, or the ‘push’ forces of taxation and other deliberate colonial interventions. Building upon primary sources, I show that this case diverges from the ‘conventional’ narrative of labour scarcity in colonial Africa. I argue that Ruanda-Urundi should be regarded as labour abundant and that migrants were not primarily ‘pushed’ by colonial labour policies, but rather by poverty and limited access to agricultural resources. This explains why they were willing to work for low wages in Buganda. I show that African rural employers were the primary beneficiaries of migrant labour, while colonial governments on both sides of the border were unable to control the course of the flow. As in the first chapter, this chapter highlights that the effects of trade integration on African rural development were uneven, and mediated by differences in resource endowments, local institutions and colonial policies. The third chapter zooms out of the rural economy, evaluating the broader opportunity structures faced by African men and women in Uganda, and discussing the interaction of local institutions and colonial policies as drivers of uneven educational and occupational opportunities. The chapter engages with a recent article by Meier zu Selhausen and Weisdorf (2016) to show how selection biases in, and Eurocentric interpretations of, parish registers have provoked an overly optimistic account of European influences on the educational and occupational opportunities of African men and women. We confront their dataset, drawn from the marriage registers of the Anglican Cathedral in Kampala, with Uganda’s 1991 census, and show that trends in literacy and numeracy of men and women born in Kampala lagged half a century behind those who wedded in Namirembe Cathedral. We run a regression analysis showing that access to schooling during the colonial era was unequal along lines of gender and ethnicity. We foreground the role of Africans in the spread of education, argue that European influences were not just diffusive but also divisive, and that gender inequality was reconfigured rather than eliminated under colonial rule. This chapter also makes a methodological contribution. The renaissance of African economic history in the past decade has opened up new research avenues to study the long-term social and economic development of Africa. We show that a sensitive treatment of African realities in the evaluation of European colonial legacies, and a critical stance towards the use of new sources and approaches, is crucial. The fourth chapter singles out the role of resource endowments in explaining Uganda’s ‘cotton revolution’ in a comparative African perspective. Why did some African smallholders adopt cash crops on a considerable scale, while most others were hesitant to do so? The chapter sets out to explore the importance of factor endowments in shaping the degrees to which cash crops were adopted in colonial tropical Africa. We conduct an in-depth case study of the ‘cotton revolution’ in colonial Uganda to put the factor endowments perspective to the test. Our empirical findings, based on an annual panel data analysis at the district-level from 1925 until 1960, underscore the importance of Uganda’s equatorial bimodal rainfall distribution as an enabling factor for its ‘cotton revolution’. Evidence is provided at a unique spatial micro-level, capitalizing on detailed household surveys from the same period. We demonstrate that previous explanations associating the variegated responses of African farmers to cash crops with, either the role of colonial coercion, or the distinction between ‘forest/banana’ and ‘savannah/grain’ zones, cannot explain the widespread adoption of cotton in Uganda. We argue, instead, that the key to the cotton revolution were Uganda’s two rainy seasons, which enabled farmers to grow cotton while simultaneously pursuing food security. Our study highlights the importance of food security and labour seasonality as important determinants of uneven agricultural commercialization in colonial tropical Africa. The fifth and final chapter further investigates the experience of African smallholders with cotton cultivation, providing a comparative explanatory analysis of variegated cotton outcomes, focusing in particular on the role of colonial and post-colonial policies. The chapter challenges the widely accepted view that (i) African colonial cotton projects consistently failed, that (ii) this failure should be attributed to conditions particular to Africa, which made export cotton inherently unviable and unprofitable to farmers, and that (iii) the repression and resistance often associated with cotton, all resulted from the stubborn and overbearing insistence of colonial governments on the crop per se. I argue along three lines. Firstly, to show that cotton outcomes were diverse, I compare cases of cotton production in Sub-Saharan Africa across time and space. Secondly, to refute the idea that cotton was a priori unattractive, I argue that the crop had substantial potential to connect farmers to markets and contribute to poverty alleviation, particularly in vulnerable, marginal and landlocked areas. Thirdly, to illustrate how an interaction between local conditions and government policies created conducive conditions for cotton adoption, I zoom in on the few yet significant ‘cotton success stories’ in twentieth century Africa. Smallholders in colonial Uganda adopted cotton because of favourable ecological and marketing conditions, and policies had an auxiliary positive effect. Smallholders in post-colonial Francophone West Africa faced much more challenging local conditions, but benefitted from effective external intervention and coordinated policy. On a more general level, this chapter demonstrates that, from a perspective of rural development, colonial policies should not only be seen as overbearing and interventionist, but also as inadequate, failing to aid rural Africans to benefit from new opportunities created by trade integration.

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    Authors: Lukas Wille;

    Pea (Pisum sativum L.) is a valuable and healthy protein source for food and feed. In addition to the nutritional benefits, pea is an invaluable agro-ecological asset for sustainable cropping systems through positive effects on soil fertility and soil microbial diversity. The symbiosis with nitrogen-fixing bacteria allows pea and other legume crops to supply the soil with nitrogen and, therefore, to significantly reduce the application of external nitrogen fertilisers. Therefore, pea plays an important role especially in low-input farming systems. The growing market for plant- based protein supply is likely to promote pea cultivation in the near future. However, pea production is severely challenged by various soil-borne pathogens that form a Pea Root Rot Complex (PRRC) causing root-rot diseases. Despite considerable progress in resistance breeding against individual pathogens, current pea varieties lack resistance against multiple interacting pathogens. 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In addition, major findings on the role of root exudation in disease susceptibility and resistance of grain legumes are summarised. Finally, it delineates how this knowledge could be integrated in resistance breeding of grain legumes. In Chapter 3, a resistance screening assay was established based on infested soil from an agricultural field that showed severe pea root rot pressure. This approach was chosen in order to account for the whole rhizosphere microbiome - including the naturally occuring pathogen complex - in the assessment of root rot resistance in pea. The initial ITS- amplicon sequencing of the fungal rhizosphere community of diseased pea roots grown in the infested soil showed a root community of evenly abundant fungal taxonomic units not dominated by a few taxa. This finding points at complex interactions within the PRRC. Two hundred and sixty-one pea cultivars, landraces and breeding lines were screened for resistance on the naturally infested field soil in a controlled conditions experiment. The screening system allowed for a reproducible assessment of disease parameters among the tested genotypes. Broad sense heritabilities on the infested soil were H2 = 0.89 for plant emergence, H2 = 0.43 for root rot index and H2 = 0.51 for relative shoot dry weight. The resistance ranking was verified in an on-farm experiment with nine pea genotypes in two field sites: The controlled conditions root rot index showed a significant correlation with the resistance ranking in the field site with high PRRC infestation (Spearman's ρ = 0.73, p = .03). The screening system offers a tool for selection at early stages of the plant development, and for the study of plant resistance in the light of complex plant-microbe interactions. For Chapter 4, a subset of five resistant and three susceptible pea genotypes was selected based on the initial screening. In analogy to the previous experiment, a controlled conditions experiment was setup up in order to assess and validate resistance of the eight pea genotypes on four soils. Plant growth was significantly reduced on the three sick soils compared to the healthy soil. Despite the significantly different levels of disease pressure in the three infested soils (ANOVA: p < .001) and the strong genotype effect (p < .001), no significant soil × genotype interaction (p < .342) was found for plant growth reduction. In addition to disease assessments, ten key microbial taxa (eight putative pea pathogens and two putative beneficials) were quantified in the roots by quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR). Fusarium solani, F. oxysporum and Aphanomyces euteiches were the most abundant pathogens in diseased roots from the three sick soils. Further, various levels of the pathogens F. avenaceum, F. redolens, Rhizoctonia solani, D. pinodella and Pythium sp. as well as the potential antagonist Clonostachys rosea were quantified by qPCR. The contribution of individual pathogens to root rot and growth reduction differed among the three sick soils: F. solani and F. oxysporum showed significant correlations (Spearman correlations; p < 0.05) with root rot index and relative shoot dry weight in the two soils with the highest infestation level; A. euteiches showed significant relations with disease in two sick soils from Germany. The quantities of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi were negatively correlated with root rot index and positively correlated with relative shoot dry weight in all sick soils. Furthermore, the root microbial composition differed significantly among the pea genotypes (PERMANOVA; p < .0001) and the soils (p < .0001) and a significant pea genotype × soil interaction was evidenced (p < .0001). In addition, resistant pea genotypes showed significantly lower F. solani and A. euteiches, and higher arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi abundance in the roots (Wilcoxon rank-sum test; p < .05). These results give insights into the complex interaction between key microorganisms of the PRRC and the plant, by pointing out potential key microorganisms in the root rot pathobiome. Further disentanglement of this complex and the validation of key microbial players can be harnessed by resistance breeding. Chapter 5 reviews the experimental approaches and results from the previous chapters before discussing the major findings and implications for future research and resistance breeding. I also raise the question if and how knowledge about complex soil microorganisms-plant feedbacks can be incorporated in resistance screenings and breeding efforts to conclude that today we are at a point where information on microbial complexes could indeed assist resistance breeding. 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    Intenzifikacija poljoprivrede predstavlja jedan od globalnih procesa sa izrazito negativnim efektima na biodiverzitet. Održavanje visokog nivoa biodiverziteta neophodno je za obezbeđivanje ekosistemskih usluga, od kojih su neke, poput biološke kontrole štetočina, od velike važnosti u agroekosistemima. Rezultati sve većeg broja studija ukazuju na to da elementi i karakteristike kompozicije i konfiguracije poljoprivrednih predela imaju ključnu ulogu u očuvanju, odnosno, narušavanju agrobiodiverziteta. Predeono-ekološki pristup u agroekologiji proučava uticaj različitih obrazaca i procesa u savremenoj poljoprivrednoj praksi na mehanizme degradacije biodiverziteta i gubitak funkcionalnosti njegovih komponenti. Posebno je značajno upoznati obrazce i trendove u trofičkim interakcijama koje povezuju intenzivno korišćene agroekosisteme i okolna poluprirodna i prirodna staništa. U ovom istraživanju, analizirani su efekti predeonih karakteristika na diverzitet i interakcije model sistema žitne vaši – parazitoidi na području Pančevačkog rita. Istraživanje je bilo podeljeno u tri dela kako bi se ispitali efekti tri različita aspekta predeone heterogenosti. Cilj prvog dela istraživanja bio je određivanje efekta predeone kompleksnosti izražene preko procenta prirodnih i poluprirodnih staništa (heterogenost tipova staništa) na model sistem. Odabrane su dve jasno diferencirane kategorije predela: 1) kompleksni predeli (>50% poluprirodnih staništa) i 2) jednostavni predeli (20 ha). Analizirano je 24 predeona sektora u toku dve godine (2008-2009). Treći deo bio je fokusiran na određivanje efekata različitog tipa ivice polja na model sistem. Kontrastirana su dva tipa ivice polja: 1) ivica sa poluprirodnom vegetacijom i 2) ivica bez poluprirodne vegetacije... Agricultural intensification and associated farming practices are among the most significant human impacts on the global environment. Increase in agricultural land-use area and the intensification of crop management are causing numerous environmental problems, including loss of biodiversity and degradation of some key ecosystem services, such as biological control. Numerous studies have emphasized the importance of landscape scale effects in these processes. To determine how agricultural intensification affects agrobiodiversity and accompanied ecological service (biological control), we examined effects of key landscape features on aphid–parasitoid complex in winter wheat agroecosystems in Pančevački rit region. Study was organized in three parts. Aim of the first part was to determine effect of landscape compositional heterogeneity defined through proportion of crop vs. non-crop land in landscape sectors. Two broadly contrasting classes were selected: complex landscapes, characterized by more than 50% of non-crop land cover (forests, fallows, pastures, hedgerows and shrubs), and simple landscapes, with much less than 30% of non-crop land. Total of 50 landscape sectors were sampled in course of four years (2008-2011). In the second part of the study, effects of configurational landscape heterogeneity of crop habitats were tested through contrasting landscape sectors dominated by small fields (field size averaging less than 3 ha) and landscape sectors dominated by large fields (field size averaging more than 20 ha). Total of 24 sectors were sampled in two years (2008-2009). In the third part, aim was to analyze edge effects of field margin types on aphid–parasitoid interactions. Two markedly different margin types were selected: one bordering on irrigation canal with permanent semi-natural shrub vegetation, and the other close to service road without semi-natural vegetation. Total of 12 fields were sampled in two years (2008-2009). Additionally, changes in aphid population growth and parasitism rates between phases were monitored to determine parasitism threshold value for effective biological control. In total, 4 aphid species, 7 parasitoid species and 9 hyperparasitoid species were found...

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    Authors: Barth, Ruud;

    The objective of this work was to further advance technology in agriculture, specifically by pursuing the research direction of agricultural robotics for harvesting in greenhouses, with the specific use-case of Capsicum annuum, also known as sweet or bell pepper. Within this scope, it was previously determined that the primary cause of agricultural robotics not yet maturing was the complexity of the tasks due to inherent variations of the crops, in turn limiting performance in harvest success and time. As a solution, it was suggested to further enhance robotic systems with sensing, world modelling and reasoning, for example by pursuing approaches like machine learning and visual servo control. In this work, we have followed this suggestion. It was identified that facilitating new levels of artificial intelligence in the domains of sensing and motion control would be one of the ways to improve upon classical mechanization. Specifically, we investigated the means of using machine learning based computer vision guided manipulation towards a basic form of world representation and autonomy. For this, in Chapter 2 we developed an eye-in-hand sensing and visual control framework for dense crops with the goal to overcome issues of occlusion and image registration that were previously introduced when sensing was performed externally from the robot manipulator. Additionally, simultaneous localization and mapping was investigated to aid in forming a world model. In Chapter 3 we aimed to reduce the requirement of annotating empirical images by providing a method to synthetically generate large sets of automatically annotated images as input for convolutional neural network (CNN) based segmentation models. An annotated dataset was created of 10,500 synthetic and 50 empirical images. In Chapter 4 we further investigated how synthetic images can be used to bootstrap CNNs for successful learning of empirical images. We provided computer vision in agriculture a pioneering machine learning based methodology for state-of-the-art plant part segmentation performance, whilst simultaneously reducing the reliance on labor intensive manual annotations. Chapter 5 explored applying a cycle consistent generative adversarial network to our dataset with the objective to generate more realistic synthetic images by translating them to the feature distribution of the empirical domain. We show that this approach can further improve segmentation performance whilst further reducing the requirement of annotated empirical images. In Chapter 6 we aimed to bring all previous chapters into practice. The objective was to estimate angles between fruit and stems from image segmentations to support visual servo control grasping in a sweet-pepper harvesting robot. Our approach calculated angles under unmodified greenhouse conditions that met the accuracy requirement of 25 degrees for 73% of the cases. Combined, the work shows a promising stepping stone towards agricultural robotics which could ensure the quality of meals and nourishment of a growing population. Furthermore, it can become an important technology for societal issues in developed nations, e.g. by solving current labor problems. It can further improve upon the quality of life and contribute to reaching an exemplary equilibrium of sustainable agricultural production.

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    Authors: Bongiorno, Giulia;

    Developments in soil biology and methods to characterize soil organic carbon have the potential to deliver novel soil quality indicators that can help to identify soil management practices that sustain soil productivity and environmental resilience. This thesis aimed at investigating the suitability of a range of soil biological and biochemical parameters as novel soil quality indicators for agricultural management. The soil parameters, selected through a literature review, comprised different labile organic carbon fractions (hydrophilic dissolved organic carbon (Hy-DOC), dissolved organic carbon (DOC), permanganate oxidizable carbon (POXC), hot water extractable carbon (HWEC) and particulate organic matter carbon (POMC), ordered here from the smallest to the largest proportion of the total organic carbon), soil disease suppressiveness measured with a Pythium-Cress bioassay, nematode communities characterized with amplicon sequencing and qPCR, and microbial community level physiological profiling (CLPP) measured with MicroRespTM. We tested the sensitivity of the novel indicators to tillage and organic matter addition in 10 European long-term field experiments, and assessed their relationship with already existing soil quality indicators linked to soil functioning. Lastly, the results of these experimental chapters are interpreted relative to each other and to the broader body of literature on soil quality assessments. Moreover, pros and cons of the novel indicators are discussed, and possibilities and needs for future research are outlined. Reduced tillage increased carbon availability, disease suppressiveness, nematode richness and diversity, the stability and maturity of the food web, and microbial activity and functional diversity. Organic matter addition had a weaker role in sustaining soil quality, possibly due to the different compositions of the organic matter inputs in the long-term field experiments that were sampled. Random forest analysis showed that POXC was the indicator that discriminates soil management most, and structural equation modelling showed its central role in nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation, erosion control and disease regulation/suppression. The novel indicators proposed here have great potential to improve existing soil quality assessment schemes, but their usefulness is still to be validated and optimized.

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    Authors: de Olde, Evelien;

    Current environmental, economic and social challenges urge agriculture to change to more sustainable modes of production. Insight in the impact of a system or a potential innovation on sustainability could support decision makers in identifying actions towards sustainable development. Over the past decade, therefore, a large number of tools have been developed to assess sustainability performance at farm level. Several concerns, however, have been raised whether assessment results provide reliable and valid conclusions about the sustainability performance of farms, and whether these conclusions can be implemented in practice. To evaluate the contribution of farm-level assessment tools to sustainable development of agriculture, this thesis analyzed current approaches to assessing sustainability. One of these approaches is the sustainability assessment tool RISE 2.0, which was used to assess the sustainability performance of 37 organic farms in Denmark. Analysis of the assessment results showed the impact of decisions, made during the development of a tool (e.g. selection of themes, indicators, reference values, scoring and aggregation method), on the assessment results. This emphasizes the importance of transparency in sustainability assessment tools to understand assessment results and identify actions to improve. Subsequently, a comparison of sustainability assessment tools in practice was made to gain insight into practical requirements, procedures and relevance perceived by farmers. Of 48 indicator-based sustainability assessment tools, only four tools (RISE, SAFA, PG and IDEA) complied to the selection criteria and were applied to assess the sustainability performance of five Danish farms. Characteristics including data requirements, assessment time, complexity, transparency and output accuracy varied between tools. Critical factors in farmers’ perception of tool relevance were context specificity, user-friendliness, complexity of the tool, language use, and a match between value judgements of tool developers and farmers. Farmers, moreover, indicated that implementing conclusions derived from sustainability assessments is challenging given the complex organization of agricultural systems. A more in-depth analysis of the four tools revealed a high diversity in selected indicators, themes, reference values, and scoring and aggregation methods. This results in different conclusions on the sustainability performance of farms, which does not only cause confusion but also affects the trust in, and reliability and implementation of, sustainability assessments. Variability in tools is caused by different perspectives on how to assess sustainability and is related to differences in context, priorities and value judgements of tool developers. These differences also play a role in the prioritization of criteria for indicator selection. To explore whether sustainability experts agreed on which criteria are most important in the selection of indicators and indicators sets for sustainability assessments, two ranking surveys were carried out. Both surveys showed a lack of consensus amongst experts about how best to measure agricultural sustainability. This thesis revealed variability in approaches to assess sustainability at farm level. This makes current assessment tools less suitable for functions that require a high reliability and validity, such as certification. Instead, current assessment tools present a useful starting point for discussion, reflection and learning on sustainable development of farming. To enhance the contribution of tools towards sustainable development of agriculture, more attention should be paid to increasing reliability and validity of tools, and improving transparency, harmonization, participation and implementation of assessments.

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    Authors: Pavageau, Charlotte;

    Complex agro-ecological landscapes are recognized for providing a range of ecosystem goods and services at different levels. Agricultural intensification affects the long-term sustainability of these landscapes by weakening natural processes that are indirectly important to agriculture, such as pollination, biological control of pest or soil retention. In response, agro-ecological intensification has appeared as an approach to ensure the sustainability of agricultural landscapes. This approach is based on the active management of ecosystem services. However, implementation of this approach remains a challenge given there is insufficient information on the functioning of ecosystem services, trade-offs between different land management strategies and decisions, as well as other socio-economic barriers. Pollination services provide significant contributions to agricultural production. In recent years, wild pollinators have received increased attention. Pollination services depend on the interactions between various spatially separated elements of the landscape, such as nesting and foraging resources, and are influenced by interventions from various actors, such as agricultural practices. As a result, the evaluation and planning of pollination services requires adopting a socio-ecological landscape approach. This thesis aims to explore the effectiveness and implications of different strategies of landscape management for pollination services and agricultural production. It focuses on a coffee tropical agroforestry landscape in Kodagu district in India where the wild honeybee species, Apis dorsata, is the main pollinator species. In the first two results chapters, I explore the ecosystem services cascade by showing the interactions between landscape patterns, management practices and ecosystem service delivery across temporal and spatial scales. In the next chapter, I propose two landscape management strategies aimed at optimizing pollination services for agricultural production. In the last chapter, I discuss how both social and ecological factors interact to co-produce pollination services. After a general introduction, in Chapter 2, I examine the interactions between landscape patterns, in particular land cover and resource heterogeneity, and the distribution of wild nests of Apis dorsata. I reveal scaling and non-uniform effects by combining two different approaches of spatial analysis, the point-pattern analysis and the cutting-edge surface-pattern analysis. I conclude that both forest fragments and the agroforestry matrix influence the presence of nests, although the scale of the interactions vary across the two land covers (fine scales for forest fragments, and broad scales for agroforests) and are not uniform across the study zone. The results demonstrate how maintaining structurally complex landscapes at multiple scales help to preserve bee populations. In Chapter 3, I develop a landscape-scale probabilistic pollination model of dispersion of Apis dorsata, from their nesting habitats, mostly in forest patches, to surrounding coffee plantations. Using the electrical circuit theory, the model indicates that honeybees are highly sensitive to temporal changes in coffee flower availability at landscape scales, and that their movement is not limited by fragmentation of tree cover. The flowering of individual coffee plantations is controlled by irrigation decisions from farmers. The results show that the aggregation of individual decisions creates an emergent dynamic landscape-scale pattern of flowering to which honeybees are responding. The pollination model has broad relevance for other complex mosaic landscapes where floral resources are dynamic. In Chapter 4, I explore optimal landscape management strategies that maximize pollination services and simultaneously increase agricultural production. Using the pollination model in Chapter 2 and an optimization algorithm, I compare the potential benefits of two alternative management strategies: a spatio-temporal management of coffee flowering (via the coordination of irrigation dates), versus habitat conservation, which impacts the spatial distribution of nests. Coordinated efforts on irrigation allow greater gains in terms of pollinator visits than a redistribution of nests in different nesting sites. However, both scenarios lead to similar significant increases in fruit set. While irrigation coordination aims to minimize inter-plantation competitions, conservation of multiple nesting sites redistributes bee individuals more effectively across plantations. Given each strategy involves different stakeholders and different types of decision, I assess the challenges associated to the implementation of each scenario and possible trade-offs with other management options. In Chapter 5, I use a socio-ecological approach for assessing alternatives to ecosystem service management. I compare pollination services supported by wild bees versus managed bees, using ecological data and interviews with farmers. I demonstrate that Apis dorsata is more abundant in coffee plantations and also supports more heterogeneous pollination services in space and time than the managed pollinator, Apis cerana. I highlight the interrelationships between different human factors that influence the mobilization of hives or the management of wild nesting sites by coffee farmers. These ”mediating factors“ include individual farmer’s assets, institutions and policies, values and perceptions. This approach is useful to understand to which extent recommendations on pollination services are relevant for local actors.

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    Authors: Michiel de Haas;

    The economic history of Sub-Saharan Africa is characterized by geographically and temporally dispersed booms and busts. The export-led ‘cash-crop revolution’ in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa during the colonial era is a key example of an economic boom. This thesis examines how external influences and local realities shaped the nature, extent and impact of the ‘cash-crop revolution’ in colonial Uganda, a landlocked country in central east Africa, where cotton and coffee production for global markets took off following completion of a railway to the coast. The thesis consists of five targeted ‘interventions’ into contemporary debates of comparative African development. Each of these five interventions is grounded in the understanding that the ability of rural Africans to respond to and benefit from trade integration during the colonial era was mediated by colonial policies, resource endowments and local institutions. The first chapter reconstructs welfare development of Ugandan cash-crop farmers. Recent scholarship on historical welfare development in Sub-Saharan Africa has uncovered long-term trends in standards of living. How the majority of rural dwellers fared, however, remains largely elusive. This chapter presents a new approach to reconstructing rural living standards in a historical context, building upon the well-established real wage literature, but moving beyond it to capture rural realities, employing sub-national rural survey, census, and price data. The approach is applied to colonial and early post-colonial Uganda (1915–70), and yields a number of findings. While an expanding smallholder-based cash-crop sector established itself as the backbone of Uganda’s colonial economy, farm characteristics remained largely stagnant after the initial adoption of cash crops. Smallholders maintained living standards well above subsistence level, and while the profitability of cash crops was low, their cultivation provided a reliable source of cash income. At the same time, there were pronounced limits to rural welfare expansion. Around the time of decolonization, unskilled wages rose rapidly while farm incomes lagged behind. As a result, an urban–rural income reversal took place. The study also reveals considerable differences within Uganda, which were mediated to an important extent by differential resource endowments. Smallholders in Uganda’s banana regions required fewer labour inputs to maintain a farm income than their grain-farming counterparts, creating opportunities for additional income generation and livelihood diversification. The second chapter zooms in on labour migration which connected Belgian-controlled Ruanda-Urundi to British-controlled Buganda, the central province of Uganda on the shores of Lake Victoria. The emergence of new labour mobility patterns was a key aspect of economic change in colonial Africa. Under conditions of land abundance and labour scarcity, the supply of wage labour required either the ‘pull’ forces of attractive working conditions and high wages, or the ‘push’ forces of taxation and other deliberate colonial interventions. Building upon primary sources, I show that this case diverges from the ‘conventional’ narrative of labour scarcity in colonial Africa. I argue that Ruanda-Urundi should be regarded as labour abundant and that migrants were not primarily ‘pushed’ by colonial labour policies, but rather by poverty and limited access to agricultural resources. This explains why they were willing to work for low wages in Buganda. I show that African rural employers were the primary beneficiaries of migrant labour, while colonial governments on both sides of the border were unable to control the course of the flow. As in the first chapter, this chapter highlights that the effects of trade integration on African rural development were uneven, and mediated by differences in resource endowments, local institutions and colonial policies. The third chapter zooms out of the rural economy, evaluating the broader opportunity structures faced by African men and women in Uganda, and discussing the interaction of local institutions and colonial policies as drivers of uneven educational and occupational opportunities. The chapter engages with a recent article by Meier zu Selhausen and Weisdorf (2016) to show how selection biases in, and Eurocentric interpretations of, parish registers have provoked an overly optimistic account of European influences on the educational and occupational opportunities of African men and women. We confront their dataset, drawn from the marriage registers of the Anglican Cathedral in Kampala, with Uganda’s 1991 census, and show that trends in literacy and numeracy of men and women born in Kampala lagged half a century behind those who wedded in Namirembe Cathedral. We run a regression analysis showing that access to schooling during the colonial era was unequal along lines of gender and ethnicity. We foreground the role of Africans in the spread of education, argue that European influences were not just diffusive but also divisive, and that gender inequality was reconfigured rather than eliminated under colonial rule. This chapter also makes a methodological contribution. The renaissance of African economic history in the past decade has opened up new research avenues to study the long-term social and economic development of Africa. We show that a sensitive treatment of African realities in the evaluation of European colonial legacies, and a critical stance towards the use of new sources and approaches, is crucial. The fourth chapter singles out the role of resource endowments in explaining Uganda’s ‘cotton revolution’ in a comparative African perspective. Why did some African smallholders adopt cash crops on a considerable scale, while most others were hesitant to do so? The chapter sets out to explore the importance of factor endowments in shaping the degrees to which cash crops were adopted in colonial tropical Africa. We conduct an in-depth case study of the ‘cotton revolution’ in colonial Uganda to put the factor endowments perspective to the test. Our empirical findings, based on an annual panel data analysis at the district-level from 1925 until 1960, underscore the importance of Uganda’s equatorial bimodal rainfall distribution as an enabling factor for its ‘cotton revolution’. Evidence is provided at a unique spatial micro-level, capitalizing on detailed household surveys from the same period. We demonstrate that previous explanations associating the variegated responses of African farmers to cash crops with, either the role of colonial coercion, or the distinction between ‘forest/banana’ and ‘savannah/grain’ zones, cannot explain the widespread adoption of cotton in Uganda. We argue, instead, that the key to the cotton revolution were Uganda’s two rainy seasons, which enabled farmers to grow cotton while simultaneously pursuing food security. Our study highlights the importance of food security and labour seasonality as important determinants of uneven agricultural commercialization in colonial tropical Africa. The fifth and final chapter further investigates the experience of African smallholders with cotton cultivation, providing a comparative explanatory analysis of variegated cotton outcomes, focusing in particular on the role of colonial and post-colonial policies. The chapter challenges the widely accepted view that (i) African colonial cotton projects consistently failed, that (ii) this failure should be attributed to conditions particular to Africa, which made export cotton inherently unviable and unprofitable to farmers, and that (iii) the repression and resistance often associated with cotton, all resulted from the stubborn and overbearing insistence of colonial governments on the crop per se. I argue along three lines. Firstly, to show that cotton outcomes were diverse, I compare cases of cotton production in Sub-Saharan Africa across time and space. Secondly, to refute the idea that cotton was a priori unattractive, I argue that the crop had substantial potential to connect farmers to markets and contribute to poverty alleviation, particularly in vulnerable, marginal and landlocked areas. Thirdly, to illustrate how an interaction between local conditions and government policies created conducive conditions for cotton adoption, I zoom in on the few yet significant ‘cotton success stories’ in twentieth century Africa. Smallholders in colonial Uganda adopted cotton because of favourable ecological and marketing conditions, and policies had an auxiliary positive effect. Smallholders in post-colonial Francophone West Africa faced much more challenging local conditions, but benefitted from effective external intervention and coordinated policy. On a more general level, this chapter demonstrates that, from a perspective of rural development, colonial policies should not only be seen as overbearing and interventionist, but also as inadequate, failing to aid rural Africans to benefit from new opportunities created by trade integration.

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    Pea (Pisum sativum L.) is a valuable and healthy protein source for food and feed. In addition to the nutritional benefits, pea is an invaluable agro-ecological asset for sustainable cropping systems through positive effects on soil fertility and soil microbial diversity. The symbiosis with nitrogen-fixing bacteria allows pea and other legume crops to supply the soil with nitrogen and, therefore, to significantly reduce the application of external nitrogen fertilisers. Therefore, pea plays an important role especially in low-input farming systems. The growing market for plant- based protein supply is likely to promote pea cultivation in the near future. However, pea production is severely challenged by various soil-borne pathogens that form a Pea Root Rot Complex (PRRC) causing root-rot diseases. Despite considerable progress in resistance breeding against individual pathogens, current pea varieties lack resistance against multiple interacting pathogens. The overall goal of this thesis was to contribute to the understanding of resistance against root rot pathogen complexes in pea. Chapter 1 gives an overview of the importance of pea as a future key player in agricultural systems and the food sector before introducing the pea root rot complex concept and its relevance for research on resistance. Furthermore, the most recent developments in molecular biology relevant for molecular plant breeding of pea are briefly summarised and an overview of quantitative real-time PCR relevant for research on microbial interactions in the pea root rot complex is given. Chapter 2 reviews the current knowledge of resistance against root- rot pathogens in major grain legumes, highlights the importance of the host genotype in determining the composition of plant-associated microbial communities and how the root associated microbiome relates to plant health. In addition, major findings on the role of root exudation in disease susceptibility and resistance of grain legumes are summarised. Finally, it delineates how this knowledge could be integrated in resistance breeding of grain legumes. In Chapter 3, a resistance screening assay was established based on infested soil from an agricultural field that showed severe pea root rot pressure. This approach was chosen in order to account for the whole rhizosphere microbiome - including the naturally occuring pathogen complex - in the assessment of root rot resistance in pea. The initial ITS- amplicon sequencing of the fungal rhizosphere community of diseased pea roots grown in the infested soil showed a root community of evenly abundant fungal taxonomic units not dominated by a few taxa. This finding points at complex interactions within the PRRC. Two hundred and sixty-one pea cultivars, landraces and breeding lines were screened for resistance on the naturally infested field soil in a controlled conditions experiment. The screening system allowed for a reproducible assessment of disease parameters among the tested genotypes. Broad sense heritabilities on the infested soil were H2 = 0.89 for plant emergence, H2 = 0.43 for root rot index and H2 = 0.51 for relative shoot dry weight. The resistance ranking was verified in an on-farm experiment with nine pea genotypes in two field sites: The controlled conditions root rot index showed a significant correlation with the resistance ranking in the field site with high PRRC infestation (Spearman's ρ = 0.73, p = .03). The screening system offers a tool for selection at early stages of the plant development, and for the study of plant resistance in the light of complex plant-microbe interactions. For Chapter 4, a subset of five resistant and three susceptible pea genotypes was selected based on the initial screening. In analogy to the previous experiment, a controlled conditions experiment was setup up in order to assess and validate resistance of the eight pea genotypes on four soils. Plant growth was significantly reduced on the three sick soils compared to the healthy soil. Despite the significantly different levels of disease pressure in the three infested soils (ANOVA: p < .001) and the strong genotype effect (p < .001), no significant soil × genotype interaction (p < .342) was found for plant growth reduction. In addition to disease assessments, ten key microbial taxa (eight putative pea pathogens and two putative beneficials) were quantified in the roots by quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR). Fusarium solani, F. oxysporum and Aphanomyces euteiches were the most abundant pathogens in diseased roots from the three sick soils. Further, various levels of the pathogens F. avenaceum, F. redolens, Rhizoctonia solani, D. pinodella and Pythium sp. as well as the potential antagonist Clonostachys rosea were quantified by qPCR. The contribution of individual pathogens to root rot and growth reduction differed among the three sick soils: F. solani and F. oxysporum showed significant correlations (Spearman correlations; p < 0.05) with root rot index and relative shoot dry weight in the two soils with the highest infestation level; A. euteiches showed significant relations with disease in two sick soils from Germany. The quantities of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi were negatively correlated with root rot index and positively correlated with relative shoot dry weight in all sick soils. Furthermore, the root microbial composition differed significantly among the pea genotypes (PERMANOVA; p < .0001) and the soils (p < .0001) and a significant pea genotype × soil interaction was evidenced (p < .0001). In addition, resistant pea genotypes showed significantly lower F. solani and A. euteiches, and higher arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi abundance in the roots (Wilcoxon rank-sum test; p < .05). These results give insights into the complex interaction between key microorganisms of the PRRC and the plant, by pointing out potential key microorganisms in the root rot pathobiome. Further disentanglement of this complex and the validation of key microbial players can be harnessed by resistance breeding. Chapter 5 reviews the experimental approaches and results from the previous chapters before discussing the major findings and implications for future research and resistance breeding. I also raise the question if and how knowledge about complex soil microorganisms-plant feedbacks can be incorporated in resistance screenings and breeding efforts to conclude that today we are at a point where information on microbial complexes could indeed assist resistance breeding. However, our current state of knowledge does not yet allow to design specific microbiome-enabled selection-tools. This last chapter will also give short outlooks and indicate possible future lines of research in the field of microbe-mediated plant resistance.

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    Intenzifikacija poljoprivrede predstavlja jedan od globalnih procesa sa izrazito negativnim efektima na biodiverzitet. Održavanje visokog nivoa biodiverziteta neophodno je za obezbeđivanje ekosistemskih usluga, od kojih su neke, poput biološke kontrole štetočina, od velike važnosti u agroekosistemima. Rezultati sve većeg broja studija ukazuju na to da elementi i karakteristike kompozicije i konfiguracije poljoprivrednih predela imaju ključnu ulogu u očuvanju, odnosno, narušavanju agrobiodiverziteta. Predeono-ekološki pristup u agroekologiji proučava uticaj različitih obrazaca i procesa u savremenoj poljoprivrednoj praksi na mehanizme degradacije biodiverziteta i gubitak funkcionalnosti njegovih komponenti. Posebno je značajno upoznati obrazce i trendove u trofičkim interakcijama koje povezuju intenzivno korišćene agroekosisteme i okolna poluprirodna i prirodna staništa. U ovom istraživanju, analizirani su efekti predeonih karakteristika na diverzitet i interakcije model sistema žitne vaši – parazitoidi na području Pančevačkog rita. Istraživanje je bilo podeljeno u tri dela kako bi se ispitali efekti tri različita aspekta predeone heterogenosti. Cilj prvog dela istraživanja bio je određivanje efekta predeone kompleksnosti izražene preko procenta prirodnih i poluprirodnih staništa (heterogenost tipova staništa) na model sistem. Odabrane su dve jasno diferencirane kategorije predela: 1) kompleksni predeli (>50% poluprirodnih staništa) i 2) jednostavni predeli (20 ha). Analizirano je 24 predeona sektora u toku dve godine (2008-2009). Treći deo bio je fokusiran na određivanje efekata različitog tipa ivice polja na model sistem. Kontrastirana su dva tipa ivice polja: 1) ivica sa poluprirodnom vegetacijom i 2) ivica bez poluprirodne vegetacije... Agricultural intensification and associated farming practices are among the most significant human impacts on the global environment. Increase in agricultural land-use area and the intensification of crop management are causing numerous environmental problems, including loss of biodiversity and degradation of some key ecosystem services, such as biological control. Numerous studies have emphasized the importance of landscape scale effects in these processes. To determine how agricultural intensification affects agrobiodiversity and accompanied ecological service (biological control), we examined effects of key landscape features on aphid–parasitoid complex in winter wheat agroecosystems in Pančevački rit region. Study was organized in three parts. Aim of the first part was to determine effect of landscape compositional heterogeneity defined through proportion of crop vs. non-crop land in landscape sectors. Two broadly contrasting classes were selected: complex landscapes, characterized by more than 50% of non-crop land cover (forests, fallows, pastures, hedgerows and shrubs), and simple landscapes, with much less than 30% of non-crop land. Total of 50 landscape sectors were sampled in course of four years (2008-2011). In the second part of the study, effects of configurational landscape heterogeneity of crop habitats were tested through contrasting landscape sectors dominated by small fields (field size averaging less than 3 ha) and landscape sectors dominated by large fields (field size averaging more than 20 ha). Total of 24 sectors were sampled in two years (2008-2009). In the third part, aim was to analyze edge effects of field margin types on aphid–parasitoid interactions. Two markedly different margin types were selected: one bordering on irrigation canal with permanent semi-natural shrub vegetation, and the other close to service road without semi-natural vegetation. Total of 12 fields were sampled in two years (2008-2009). Additionally, changes in aphid population growth and parasitism rates between phases were monitored to determine parasitism threshold value for effective biological control. In total, 4 aphid species, 7 parasitoid species and 9 hyperparasitoid species were found...

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