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Network science: Applications for sustainable agroecosystems and food security

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Fredric WindsorORCiD, Dr Clive Emary, Dr James Kitson, Dr Kirsten Miller, Professor Darren Evans



This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).


The global challenge of feeding two billion more people by 2050, using more sustainable agricultural practices whilst dealing with uncertainties associated with environmental change, requires a transformation of food systems. We present a new perspective for how advances in network science can provide novel ways to better understand, harness, and restore multiple ecological processes in agricultural environments. We describe: (i) a network-focused framework for managing agro-ecosystems that accounts for the multiple interactions between biodiversity and associated ecosystem services; (ii) guidance for incorporating socio-economic factors into ecological networks; and (iii) the potential to upscale network methods to inform efforts to build resilience, including global food-supply chains. In doing so we aim to facilitate the application of network science as a systems-based way to tackle the challenges of securing an equitable distribution of food.

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Author(s): Windsor FM, Armenteras D, Assis APA, Astegiano J, Santana PC, Cagnolo L, Carvalheiro LG, Emary C, Fort H, Gonzalez XI, Kitson JJN, Lacerda ACF, Lois M, Márquez-Velásquez V, Miller KE, Monasterolo M, Omacini M, Maia KP, Palacios TP, Pocock MJO, Poggio SL, Varassin IG, Vázquez DP, Tavella J, Rother DC, Devoto M, Guimarães Jr PR, Evans DM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation

Year: 2022

Volume: 20

Issue: 2

Pages: 79-90

Print publication date: 11/06/2022

Online publication date: 30/04/2022

Acceptance date: 04/03/2022

Date deposited: 03/05/2022

ISSN (electronic): 2530-0644

Publisher: Elseiver


DOI: 10.1016/j.pecon.2022.03.001

ePrints DOI: 10.57711/apqz-bg19


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