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Living mulch and vegetable production: effect on crop/weed competition

Ciaccia, Corrado; Kristensen, Hanne L.; Campanelli, Gabriele; Bavec, Franc; von Fragstein, Peter; Robacer, Martina; Testani, Elena and Canali, Stefano (2014) Living mulch and vegetable production: effect on crop/weed competition. In: Rahmann, G. and Aksoy, U. (Eds.) Building Organic Bridges, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany, 3, Thuenen Report, no. 20, pp. 717-720.

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Two field experiments were carried out in order to test the effect on weed management of living mulch introduction in organically managed cauliflower in Central Italy and leek in Denmark. Burr medic and Dyers Woad were sown as living mulch in Central Italy and Denmark, respectively. Different living mulch managements and cultivars were tested in strip plot designs. The main objective of the research was the evaluation of their effects on both crop growth and weed suppression. Biomass of crops, living mulches and weeds were measured and competitive indices were used to assess their competitive relationships. The results showed the effect of the agronomic choices (interseeding timing and crop cultivar) on weed suppressiveness and in avoiding living mulch competitiveness on crop.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:competitive ability; interseeding
Agrovoc keywords:
EnglishCultural weed controlhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_330744
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Crop combinations and interactions
Crop husbandry > Weed management
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic II > InterVeg
International Conferences > 2014: 18th IFOAM OWC Scientific Track: 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference
Italy > CRA - National Council of Agricultural Research
Deposited By: Ciaccia, Corrado
ID Code:23772
Deposited On:02 Oct 2013 15:00
Last Modified:28 Oct 2014 10:20
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:urn:nbn:de:gbv:253-201407-dn053621-1

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