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The use of mixed species cropping to manage pests and diseases – theory and practice

Ramert, Birgitta; Lennartsson, Margi and Davies, Gareth (2002) The use of mixed species cropping to manage pests and diseases – theory and practice. In: Powell, Jane and et al., (Eds.) Proceedings of the UK Organic Research 2002 Conference, Organic Centre Wales, Institute of Rural Studies, University of Wales Aberystwyth, pp. 207-210.

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This paper was presented at the UK organic research 2002 on behalf of colloquium of Organic Researchers (COR). Mixed species cropping is often perceived as a viable tool to increase on-farm biodiversity in organic agriculture and is a potentially important component of any sustainable cropping system. Apart from increasing total farm productivity, mixed species cropping can bring many important benefits such as improvement of soil fertility management and suppression of pests and/or diseases. In this sense it can be seen as performing different eco-services in the farm system. This paper discusses mixed cropping in this context while focusing on its potential and actual use as a tool to manage pests and diseases in organic farming systems.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Colloquium of Organic Researchers; COR; mixed cropping; biodiversity; pest and disease; management; tool
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Crop combinations and interactions
Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Research affiliation: UK > Garden Organic (HDRA)
UK
UK > Colloquium of Organic Researchers (COR) > COR 2002
Sweden > University of Uppsala
Deposited By: Powell, Ms Jane
ID Code:8289
Deposited On:23 Oct 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:33
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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