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INTERVEG - Enhancing multifunctional benefits of cover crops − vegetables intercropping

Canali , S. (2015) INTERVEG - Enhancing multifunctional benefits of cover crops − vegetables intercropping. AIAB - Associazione Italiana per l'Agricoltura Biologica , Italy.

[thumbnail of Interveg - English subtitles.mp4] Video (MP4) - Other content type - English
[thumbnail of 20150717_interveg_annex to deliveble 6.1 - Infosheet.docx] Microsoft Word - English

Document available online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tonDD6PcUZc


From 2011 to 2015, in the frame of InterVeg project, four field experiments were carried out in Italy, Slovenia, Germany and Denmark in order to study the effect of the living mulch introduction.
In 4 different European climatic areas, ecological services have been exploited by use of living mulches in intercropping systems for production of vegetable crops.
What is Living Mulch?
Living Mulch can be defined as a cover crop intercropped with a main crop: the practice of growing two (or more) crops simultaneously in the same area offers a great potential to enhance the ecological support functions of agro-ecosystems at field and farm scale, thus increasing crop production sustainability. Moreover, it has been demonstrated that intercropping can significantly enhance crop productivity compared to sole cropping since it grants a higher land utilization efficiency, efficient nutrients and water resources use.
The main challenge of InterVeg project was to find the most complete and exhaustive answer to the following question:
Can high yields be attained in intercropping systems for production of resource demanding crops such as the vegetables?
The video tells the project results and shows how in very diverse climatic and geographic situations, agricultural choices can have positive impacts on the whole agricultural chain.

EPrint Type:Video
Keywords:Living mulch, ecological services, intercropping, cover crop,
Agrovoc keywords:
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Crop husbandry > Crop combinations and interactions
Farming Systems > Farm economics
Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Specific methods
Farming Systems > Social aspects
Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Research communication and quality
Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy
Crop husbandry > Weed management
Environmental aspects
Farming Systems > Farm nutrient management
Knowledge management
Research affiliation: Denmark > AU - Aarhus University > AU, DJF - Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
Italy > CRA - National Council of Agricultural Research
Italy > Univ. Bologna
Germany > University of Kassel > Department of Organic Farming and Cropping
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:249667
Deposited By: D'Oppido, Dalila
ID Code:29148
Deposited On:24 Jul 2015 07:52
Last Modified:01 Nov 2017 07:33
Document Language:English

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