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Can weed management in vegetable systems be improved by cover crop species mixture? Step 1: Screening of cover crop species and varieties

Ranaldo, Marzia; Costanzo, Ambrogio; Carlesi, Stefano and Barberi, Paolo (2015) Can weed management in vegetable systems be improved by cover crop species mixture? Step 1: Screening of cover crop species and varieties. Poster at: 17th EWRS Symposium, Weed Management in Changing Environments, Montpellier, France, 23-26 June 2015,.

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Cover crops are an essential strategy in organic and low input arable and vegetable production, especially regarding weed reduction and N use efficiency, but their establishment and development can be unstable. A viable option to enhance and stabilise the agroecosystem services provided by cover crops is to sow mixtures of species having different functionality. Such mixtures have been reported to increase productivity, stability, resilience and resource use efficiency of cover crop communities. Therefore, our hypothesis is that weed reduction can also be improved by cover crops mixtures. However, it is not yet clear how diversity drives these mechanisms in arable and vegetable systems in Mediterranean climates.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:reduced tillage, functional diversity, weed suppression, FERTILCROP
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Crop combinations and interactions
Farming Systems
Crop husbandry > Weed management
Farming Systems > Farm nutrient management
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic Plus > FertilCrop
Italy > Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa
FP7 Grant Agreement Number:618107
ISBN:978-2-905550-41-5
Deposited By: carlesi, PhD stefano
ID Code:31602
Deposited On:18 May 2017 08:28
Last Modified:23 Oct 2017 15:48
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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