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John A. Finn
Teagasc
113Publications
26H-index
3,995Citations
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#1Shafique Matin (Teagasc)H-Index: 6
Last.James MoranH-Index: 9
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Abstract High Nature Value farmland (HNVf) is managed farmland that has high biodiversity and often supports species of conservation concern. Assessing the distribution and extent of such farmlands is useful for appropriate targeting of conservation measures and supporting associated rural communities. The conservation of species and habitats within HNVf is also among the aims of the EU’s (European Union) Biodiversity Strategy and is a focus of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Rural Developm...
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#1Julie Larkin (UCD: University College Dublin)
#2Helen Sheridan (UCD: University College Dublin)H-Index: 15
Last.Daire Ó hUallacháin (Teagasc)H-Index: 10
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Abstract Biodiversity and associated ecosystem services have declined globally with agricultural intensification identified as a major driver of this loss. The most recent reform of the Common Agricultural Policy resulted in the introduction of three mandatory ‘Greening’ measures aimed at improving the environmental performance of EU agricultural legislation. The Ecological Focus Area (EFA) measure within Greening was intended to help improve biodiversity associated with European tillage farms. ...
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#1D. Madden (UCC: University College Cork)
#2S. Harrison (UCC: University College Cork)
Last.Daire Ó hUallacháin (Teagasc)H-Index: 10
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#1A. Walsh (Teagasc)
#2Caroline A. Sullivan (Teagasc)H-Index: 5
Last.John A. Finn (Teagasc)H-Index: 26
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Abstract In the face of accelerating biodiversity loss it is more important than ever to identify important areas of biodiversity and target limited resources for conservation. We developed a method to identify areas of important plant diversity using known species’ distributions and evaluations of the species importance. We collated distribution records of vascular plants and developed a scoring method of spatial prioritisation to assign conservation value to the island of Ireland at the hectad...
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#1John Lynch (Teagasc)H-Index: 3
#2Trevor Donnellan (Teagasc)H-Index: 10
Last.Mary Ryan (Teagasc)H-Index: 9
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Abstract There is a significant and detailed range of sustainability indicators for Irish agri-food production, but there remain areas where further indicator development or new indicators could prove valuable. This review provides an outline of potential developments in Irish assessment of agricultural sustainability following the latest research and in order to meet policy demands. Recent research findings have suggested means of improved quantitative modelling of greenhouse gas emissions, but...
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#1Eamon Haughey (UCD: University College Dublin)H-Index: 1
#2Matthias SuterH-Index: 12
Last.John A. Finn (Teagasc)H-Index: 26
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Climate models predict increased frequency and severity of drought events. At an Irish and Swiss site, experimental summer droughts were applied over two successive years to grassland plots sown with one, two or four grassland species with contrasting functional traits. Mean yield and plot-to-plot variance of yield were measured across harvests during drought and after a subsequent post-drought recovery period. At both sites, there was a positive relationship between species richness and yield. ...
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#1John A. Finn (Teagasc)H-Index: 26
#2Matthias SuterH-Index: 12
Last.Andreas LüscherH-Index: 35
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Abstract Climate change is predicted to result in more severe weather events, including drought, which will affect forage production in agricultural grasslands. We evaluated the effects of an experimentally imposed drought on yields of monocultures and mixtures of intensively managed grassland communities comprising four species with contrasting functional traits ( Lolium perenne L., Cichorium intybus L., Trifolium repens L., Trifolium pratense L.). Complete exclusion of precipitation was implem...
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#1John Connolly (UCD: University College Dublin)H-Index: 19
#2Maria-Teresa Sebastià (University of Lleida)H-Index: 20
Last.Andreas LüscherH-Index: 35
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1. Grassland diversity can support sustainable intensification of grassland production through increased yields, reduced inputs and limited weed invasion. We report the effects of diversity on weed suppression from 3 years of a 31-site continental-scale field experiment. 2. At each site, 15 grassland communities comprising four monocultures and 11 four-species mixtures based on a wide range of species’ proportions were sown at two densities and managed by cutting. Forage species were selected ac...
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#1Edel Kelly (UCD: University College Dublin)H-Index: 3
#2Laure Latruffe (INRA: Institut national de la recherche agronomique)H-Index: 24
Last.John A. Finn (Teagasc)H-Index: 26
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Abstract Policy reform of the CAP and society’s expectations of agriculture have resulted in a growing need for improved information on the effectiveness of policy in achieving high-level objectives for more sustainable practice in agriculture. This is a high priority given its importance for consumers, public policy and private industry. Data collection programmes will need to adapt their scope if their information is to adequately address new information needs about high-level objectives. Asse...
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#1Fiona CawkwellH-Index: 11
#2Christoph RaabH-Index: 2
Last.John A. FinnH-Index: 26
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