Flower buffer strips control aphid and pesticide pollution in cereals in the Netherlands


  • Technical result: : Reduced pesticide and fertilizer pollution in surface water, no more chemical aphid control since flower band provides shelter and nectar for aphid natural enemies
  • Economic result: No more spraying against aphids, less water pollution
  • Sustainability (ecological, social and economical) Gains:


    • Enables regenerative land use practices in arable crop areas
    • Considerable reduction of water contamination by chemical fertilisers and pesticides in arable crops
    • Enabling resilient public green ecosystems without hampering biodiversity


    • Demonstrates good governance from the arable crop sector
    •  Enables human and animal health and wellbeing, reduces worker and public exposure


    • Improvement of financial viability by cost effective pest control
    • Supports farmers’ livelihood and value distribution (added value to landscape and reduction water pollution)
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kindly provided by:
Martin Ruiter, arable crop grower, Hoekse Waard, Netherlands
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