Trade-off relationship between modern agriculture and biodiversity: Heavy consolidation work has a long-term negative impact on plant species diversity

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• Land consolidation is one of the major land-use changes in Japanese agricultural systems.
• We examined the relationship between the occurrences of farmland consolidation and threatened plant species across Japan at the prefecture scale.
• Results show that areas containing records of threatened plant species had rarely experienced consolidation.
• We concluded that consolidated farmland areas have experienced/undergone a long-term negative impact on plant species diversity.
Authors: Takeshi Osawa, Kazunori Kohyama, Hiromune Mitsuhashi
Journal: Land Use Policy 54: 78-84.(2016)