Together with colleagues from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences inVienna, Lund University, the Bavarian State Institute of Agriculture and the University of Würzburg, Stefan Kirchweger has published a paper on “Do improved pollination services outweigh farm-economic disadvantages of working in small-structured agricultural landscapes? – Development and application of a bio-economic model” in the journal Ecological Economics. Using a spatially explicit landscape model, it is shown that an increase in agricultural field sizes leads to a significant decrease in pollination by wild bees and thus to lower yields on pollinator-dependent crops. This has a negative effect on agricultural revenues. In contrast, it is shown that the management of larger fields results in lower production costs and that this cost reduction is higher than the decrease in revenues. It is concluded that economic incentives and innovation will be needed in the future in order to manage small-scale farming structures profitably.
STUDIA celebrates its 50th anniversary on 4 October 2019. In 1969 Johann Millendorfer founded the study group for international analyses. Since then, many people have contributed to the success of this research institution: Employees, members of the board and association, business and research partners, sponsors, communities and public institutions. At locations in Vienna, Laxenburg and Schlierbach, STUDIA has dedicated itself to system analysis and supports those responsible in politics, business and society.
Program (inlcuing broadcasts of selected items):
Welcome address (Mag. Johannes BRANDL, Spes GmbH, Member of the Upper Austrian Landtag Dr. Christian DÖRFEL, Superintendent Dr. Gerold LEHNER)
Hans Millendorfer and his life(DI Heidrun FILZMOSER, Professor i.R. Dr. Gerhart BRUCKMANN)
STUDIA employees and current projects (DI Hannah POLITOR, DI Dr. Stefan KIRCHWEGER)
“The dawn of life – Why the culture of cooperation determines prosperity”, keynote address (Erik HÄNDELER, Wirtschaftsjournalist, Germany)