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  1. Karl Hammer1,
  2. H.-P. Piepho2,
  3. Attila T. Szabó3

Published Online: 15 JAN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9780470057339.vnn103

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Hammer, K., Piepho, H.-P. and Szabó, A. T. 2013. Agrobiodiversity. Encyclopedia of Environmetrics. 1.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Kassel, Witzenhausen, Germany

  2. 2

    Universität Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

  3. 3

    Biological Database Laboratory, Balatonfüred, Hungary

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2013


Agrobiodiversity is a term coined toward the end of the last millennium after the Rio conference on biodiversity. Important features of agrobiodiversity have been developed from a synthesis of biodiversity research and the genetic resources approach. The aim of agrobiodiversity is to include all crops and livestock, wild relatives, interacting species-pollinators, symbionts, pests, parasites, predators, and competitors. As in the discussions of biological diversity, three levels are generally acknowledged: genetic diversity, species diversity, and the diversity of ecosystems. Genetic erosion, that is, the disappearance of a large number of traditional races and breeds and the predominance of a limited number of high-bred organisms, leads to a tremendous loss of valuable genes. This particular process within agrobiodiversity is under intensive discussion, but a coherent theory has yet to be developed. In addition, for the strongly interacting elements of agrobiodiversity a generalized model is still far from being available.


  • diversity assessment;
  • genetic erosion;
  • species;
  • intraspecific variation;
  • agroecocsystem;
  • richness;
  • evenness;
  • abundance;
  • genetic resources;
  • ethnobiodiversity