biodiversity; urban gardens; soil quality; urban land management; food policy; ecosystem services
Tresch Simon, Frey David, Le Bayon Renée-Claire, Zanetta Andrea, Rasche Frank, Fliessbach Andreas, Moretti Marco (2019), Litter decomposition driven by soil fauna, plant diversity and soil management in urban gardens, in Science of The Total Environment
, 658, 1614-1629.
Young Christopher, Frey David, Moretti Marco, Bauer Nicole (2019), Garden-owner reported habitat heterogeneity predicts plant species richness in urban gardens, in Landscape and Urban Planning
Frey David, Gayubo Severiano, Mokrousov Mikhail, Zanetta Andrea, Říha Martin, Moretti Marco, Cornejo Carolina (2019), Phylogenetic notes on the rare Mediterranean digger wasp Psenulus fulvicornis (Schenck, 1857) (Hymenoptera: Crabronidae) new to Switzerland, in Revue suisse de zoologie; annales de la Société zoologique suisse et du Muséum d'histoire naturelle
ZanettaAndrea, FreyDavid, GhazoulJabouri, JäggliGregory, BacherSven, AlbrechtMatthias, MorettiMarco (2018), "Neue Einblicke ins (Über)Leben von solitären Bienen und Wespen in der Stadt dank « Insektenhotels ». Nouvelles révélations sur la (sur)vie des abeilles et guêpes solitaires en milieu urbain grâce aux, in N&L Inside
, 4, 2.
Tresch Simon, Moretti Marco, Le Bayon Renée-Claire, Mäder Paul, Zanetta Andrea, Frey David, Stehle Bernhard, Kuhn Anton, Munyangabe Adolphe, Fliessbach Andreas (2018), Urban Soil Quality Assessment—A Comprehensive Case Study Dataset of Urban Garden Soils, in Frontiers in Environmental Science
, 6, 136.
Frey David, Vega Kevin, Zellweger Florian, Ghazoul Jaboury, Hansen Dennis, Moretti Marco (2018), Predation risk shaped by habitat and landscape complexity in urban environments, in Journal of Applied Ecology
, 55(5), 2343-2353.
Lewis Olivia, Home Robert, Kizos Thanasis (2018), Digging for the roots of urban gardening behaviours, in Urban Forestry & Urban Greening
, 34, 105-113.
Tresch Simon, Moretti Marco, Le Bayon Renée-Claire, Mäder Paul, Zanetta Andrea, Frey David, Fliessbach Andreas (2018), A Gardener's Influence on Urban Soil Quality, in Frontiers in Environmental Science
, 6, 25.
TreschSimon, FliessbachAndreas, LeBayonClaire, ZanettaAndrea, FreyDavid, MorettiMarco (2018), Artenvielfalt von Pflanzen und Bodentieren fördert den Abbau von organischem Material in Stadtgärten - Potagers urbains: Plus de diversité pour moins de matière organique, in N&L Inside
, 3, 14.
Frey David, YoungChristopher, ZanettaAndrea, TreschSimon, FliessbachAndreas, BauerNicole, LewisOlivia, HomeRobert, MorettiMarco (2018), BetterGardens: Bodenqualität, Biodiversität und Sozialer Wert von Stadtgärten: Biodiversité, qualité du sol et valeur sociale des jardins urbains, in N&L Inside
Zanetta Andrea, Frey David, Bacher Sven, Moretti Marco (2018), Führt die zunehmende verstädterung zu immer ähnlicheren artengemeinschaften? L’urbanisation croissante conduit-elle à une uniformisation des biocénoses?, in N&L Inside
Tresch Simon, Pfiffner Lukas, Fliessbach Andreas (2017), Regenwürmer – Baumeister der Bodenfruchtbarkeit, in BioAktuell
Home Robert, Tresch Simon, Fliessbach Andrea, Lewis Olivia, Bauer Nicole, Moretti Marco, Young Chris, Zanetta Andrea, Frey David, Stolze Matthias (2017), BetterGardens: Bodenqualität, Biodiversität und Sozialer Wert von Stadtgärten, in Vollzug Boden Biologie (VBB) Bulletin
Tresch Simon, Fliessbach Andreas (2016), Bodenorganismen haben lieber Grüntee, in BioAktuell
, 9, 25-25.
Frey David, Zanetta Andrea, Moretti Marco, Heckmann Ralf (2016), First records of Chlamydatus saltitans (Fallén, 1807) and Tupiocoris rhododendri (Dolling, 1972) (Heteroptera, Miridae) and notes on other rare and alien true bugs in Switzerland, in Journal of the Swiss Entomological Society
, (89), 51-68.
Zanetta Andrea, Frey David, Moretti Marco, Trivellone Valeria (2016), First records of Edwardsiana sociabilis (Ossiannilsson, 1936) and Laburrus pellax (Horváth, 1903) (Hemiptera, Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadellidae) in Switzerland, in Journal of the Swiss Entomological Society
, (89), 281-287.
Frey David, Moretti Marco, Stephani A., Ghazoul Jabouri, Hansen Dennis, Vega Kevin (2016), Gärten fördern Ökosystemleistungen in verdichteten Städten. Les jardins favorisent les services écosystémiques dans les villes à forte densité, in N&L Inside
Frey David, Moretti Marco (2015), Biodiversität und Ökosystemdienstleistungen in Stadtgärten, in N&L Inside
, June 2015, 17.
Germann C. Frey D. Zanetta A. Moretti M. (2015), First record of Euophyrum confine (Broun, 1881) (Coleopteran, Curculionidae: Cossoninae) in Switzerland, in Mitteilungen der Schweizerischen Entomologischen Gesellschaft
Frey David, Moretti Marco, A comprehensive survey of cultivated and spontaneously growing vascular plants in urban gardens, in Data in Brief
Cities are often seen as the built environment with the primary role of providing a platform for commerce, transport, communication and housing. However cities also contain green spaces, which provide habitats for fauna and flora, and ecosystem services, such as food production and wellbeing from contact with nature. The Action Plan of the Swiss Biodiversity Strategy in urban environments has nominated multi-functionality of green spaces among the major concepts, which suggests that urban gardens should perform both ecological and social functions. Despite increasing recognition of its social and ecological importance, and the considerable proportion of urban land under cultivation, there has been insufficient study of urban gardens. Consequently, the relationships between urban gardens and both the well-being of residents and the provision of habitats and corridors for plants and animals are new and important fields in which knowledge gaps exist. Despite the importance of urban green spaces, they are under threat in many Swiss cities, as well as in most European urbanized areas, as cities become denser and green spaces become attractive targets for development. New strategies are needed to strengthen arguments for the preservation of urban green spaces, which should include how to maintain or enhance the sustainability of green space management so that biodiversity and soil quality are secured. The main goal of this study is to contribute to development of these strategies by examining the policy driven and intrinsic motivations of producers to adopt particular production concepts, such as organic and conventional; and productivity oriented and minimum maintenance; in three different urban production types: allotment gardens, private gardens, and alternative gardens. Furthermore, the social value, along with the biodiversity and soil quality, with particular attention to the island character of gardens, will be evaluated and cross-referenced with the various production concepts. The lead question for this study is: What are the social, ecological and soil sustainability impacts of the cultivation of urban gardens under various management concepts in Swiss cities? The research plan will consist of four interlinked subprojects that will examine: a) the motivations for choosing particular production concepts; b) the social value of, attitudes towards, and aesthetic assessment of urban gardens; c) the impacts of production strategies on soil quality; and d) above-and-below ground biodiversity and ecosystem services. This will call for a multiple ecosystem services framework that addresses potential synergies and trade-offs between services and dis-services, and which will be developed within the synthesis of the overall project. While the project is essentially transdisciplinary, an initial hearing phase with policy makers and city administrators was conducted prior to preparation of this proposal to ensure relevance and alignment with the Swiss biodiversity strategy, and thereby enhance the implementation of results. Regarding the practical implementation, the gained understanding of the relationship between soil quality and above ground biodiversity, paying particular attention to the overlap between soil and garden management practices, will allow the formulation of ‘best practice’ methods for sustainable soil management and for above ground biodiversity. For the first time, there will be an assessment of the social and ecological value of urban private and allotment gardens, which can contribute to sensitising the population to the value of threatened urban gardens. Knowledge and awareness gaps with regard to social and ecological ecosystem services will be identified, which will allow the formulation of targeted education strategies to inform the public of the value of these spaces. The motivating factors for gardeners to undertake sustainable management practices will allow the development of targeted strategies to encourage such practices.