The Netherlands is famous for many of its domesticated plant exports, not least tulips but also vegetable seeds. Together with plant breeders, we are researching into how to breed for crops that are adapted to more biodiverse growing conditions (e.g. intercropping, where more than 1 crop species is simultaneously cultivated). Biodiversity in agriculture has been shown to have variable but positive effects across a range of indicators, not just ecosystem services but also primary production. As breeding programs take time, it is important that we already take steps to design more productive and biodiversity-positive landscapes with adapted crops and varieties.

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