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Intercropping – The practical application of diversity, competition, and facilitation in arable and organic cropping systems

Jensen, Erik Steen; Hauggaard-Nielsen, Henrik; Kinane, Julia; Andersen, Mette Klindt and Jørnsgaard, Bjarne (2005) Intercropping – The practical application of diversity, competition, and facilitation in arable and organic cropping systems. In: Köpke, U.; Niggli, U.; Neuhoff, D.; Lockeretz, W. and Willer, H. (Eds.) Researching Sustainable Systems 2005. Proceedings of the First Scientific Conference of the International Society of Organic Agricultural Research (ISOFAR)., ISOFAR, Bonn, Germany, pp. 22-25.

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Intercropping (IC) is the simultaneous cultivation of more than one crop species on the same piece of land. The IC practice offers many advantages to organic agriculture in terms of resource use, yield stability, weed management and increased diversification of agroecosystems. Field experiments carried out at two sites in Denmark over three consequetive cropping seasons showed that ICs of cereals and grain legumes gave higher yields, less weeds, lower infection with plant diseases and higher grain quality compared to corresponding sole crops.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Intercropping, grain legumes, cereals, yield advantage, resource use, nitrogen fixation, leaf diseases, weeds, grain quality.
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
Crop husbandry > Crop combinations and interactions
Crop husbandry > Weed management
Research affiliation: Denmark > DARCOF II (2000-2005) > I. 5 (GENESIS) Production of grain legumes and cereals for animal feed
International Conferences > 2005: 1st ISOFAR Conference > 2005: 1st ISOFAR Conference
Deposited By: Hauggaard-Nielsen, Senior Scientist, phD, Cand. agro Henrik
ID Code:6176
Deposited On:02 Nov 2005
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:31
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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