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Strip cropping systems to promote bees and other pollinating insects in the agricultural landscape



In order to stop the loss of biodiversity in the agricultural landscape, here using the example of (pollinator) insects, innovative and sustainable cultivation systems are needed that lead to more landscape structures and crop diversity and reduce the use of pesticides.


Planned innovation & aims

  Development of strip cropping systems in order to

  • integrate structures into cultivation in a practical way;
  • increase crop diversity,
  • increase the number of individuals and species diversity of pollinator insects,
  • to economically quantify the management costs and ecological services of strip cropping systems.


  • Testing of strip cropping on the two scientific experimental farms Gladbacher Hof and Rauischholzhausen
  • Testing of strip cropping on 15 farms: 5 conventional and 5 organic farms as well as 5 conventional biogas farms
  • Accompanying survey of the animal-ecological and production-economic effects of strip cropping.

Lead partner

Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

Professorship of Organic Farming with focus on sustainable soil use

Prof. Dr. Andreas Gattinger

Dipl- Biol. Nadja Kasperczyk


Project consortium

JLU Chair of Plant Breeding

JLU Institute for Animal Ecology

JLU Chair of Agricultural Production Economics


Project duration

 01.07.2021 – 30.06.2024