Kick-off meeting of a bilateral Austrian and South African research project investigating biodiversity and ecosystem services in viticultural landscapes took place at BOKU, Vienna.

Researchers from the University of Natural Resource and Life Sciences, Vienna (Division of Plant Protection, Institute of Integrated Nature Conservation Research and the Institute of Zoology) and Stellenbosch University (Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology) met in Vienna between the 25th and 27th of April 2019 for a meeting initiating a two-year collaborative project. The project “Promotion of biodiversity and ecosystem services in Austrian and South African viticultural landscapes” is funded by the OeAD (Österreichischer Austauschdienst) and the NRF (National Research Foundation of South Africa). Both research groups investigate vineyard management and its implications for biodiversity conservation and related ecosystem services in several previous research projects. This bilateral project aims at identifying relationships between plant and above-ground arthropod diversity based on functional trait data in the context of vineyard management and possible buffering effects of landscape heterogeneity. The goal is to find global agro-ecology solutions to mitigate biodiversity loss.