Multispecies mixtures to enhance biodiversity

The objective of this project within SmartGrass was to examine the effects of multispecies swards on plant and invertebrate ecology compared to conventional perennial ryegrass monoculture.

 The plant community is being studied in relation to plant species turnover and invasibility of unsown species. Above ground insects are being collected using suction sampling & emergence trapping. Earthworms are being collected using the electrical octet method.