Stockdale, E A; Phillips, L and Watson, C A (2006) Impacts of farming practice within organic farming systems on below-ground ecology and ecosystem function. In: Atkinson, C; Ball, B; Davies, D H K; Rees, R; Russell, G; Stockdale, E A; Watson, C A; Walker, R and Younie, D (Eds.) Aspects of Applied Biology 79, What will organic farming deliver? COR 2006, Association of Applied Biologists, pp. 43-46.
Maintaining ecosystem function is a key issue for sustainable farming systems which contribute broadly to global ecosystem health. A focus simply on the diversity of belowground organisms is not sufficient and there is a need to consider the contribution of below-ground biological processes to the maintenance and enhancement of soil function and ecosystem services. A critical literature review on the impacts of land management practices on below-ground ecology and function shows that farm management practices can have a major impact. A particular challenge for organic farming systems is to explore to what extent reduced tillage can be adopted to the benefit of below-ground ecology without critically upsetting the whole farm management balance.
|EPrint Type:||Conference paper, poster, etc.|
|Type of presentation:||Paper|
|Keywords:||Below-ground ecology; biodiversity; soil function; soil management; tillage; arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi|
|Subjects:|| Soil > Soil quality > Soil biology|
Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Crop husbandry > Soil tillage
|Research affiliation:|| UK > Organic Research Centre (ORC) - Elm Farm|
UK > Univ. Newcastle
UK > Scottish Agricultural College (SAC)
UK > Colloquium of Organic Researchers (COR) > COR 2006
|Deposited By:||MILLMAN, Mrs Carol A|
|Deposited On:||13 Dec 2006|
|Last Modified:||12 Apr 2010 07:34|
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