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Using legume-based mixtures to enhance the nitrogen use efficiency and economic viability of cropping systems.

Baddeley, J. A.; Döring, Thomas F.; Hatch, David; Marshall, Athole; Pearce, Bruce; Roderick, S; Stobart, Ron; Storkey, Jonathan; Watson, C.A. and Wolfe, Martin (2010) Using legume-based mixtures to enhance the nitrogen use efficiency and economic viability of cropping systems. In: Crighton, K and Audsley, R. (Eds.) Proceedings of the SAC/SEPA Conference, pp. 178-182.

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Summary

There is a pressing need to develop arable cropping systems that are both more efficient in their use of nitrogen (N) and more resilient to an increasingly variable and unpredictable climate. One potential solution is to use species-rich mixtures of grasses and legumes in the fertilitybuilding phase of a ley/arable crop rotation. These mixtures may reduce N losses and increase productivity of the following crop. They may also have other important benefits such as increased in-field biodiversity. In this project, legume and grass species with a range of tolerances to different environmental conditions, and with differing growth characteristics, are being grown individually and as a mixture across the UK, and their performance assessed.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:legumes
Subjects: Soil > Nutrient turnover
Crop husbandry
Research affiliation: UK > Organic Research Centre (ORC) - Elm Farm
UK > Scottish Agricultural College (SAC)
Deposited By: Döring, Dr Thomas F.
ID Code:19774
Deposited On:25 Nov 2011 16:46
Last Modified:25 Nov 2011 16:46
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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