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Can organic agriculture contribute to sustainable development in the tropics?

Bhullar, Gurbir S.; Riar, A.; Adamtey, N.; Bautze, D.; Schneider, M.; Armengot, L.; Harun, C. and Huber, B. (2019) Can organic agriculture contribute to sustainable development in the tropics? In: Agroscope, FiBL, ETH (Eds.) Program and abstract book. Comparing organic and conventional agricultural cropping systems - What can be learned from the DOK and other long-term trials? Congressi Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland, October 6-10, 2019, p. 62.

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Agricultural intensification over last decades has resulted in a great increase of crop yields, but it also had a detrimental impact on biodiversity. The dramatic decline of arable weed diversity is a matter of great concern because weeds have an important ecological function as a key component of the food web of agroecosystems. Weeds are suitable indicators of management effects on wildlife diversity in arable crops because they have high sensitivity to cultivation measures and have a strong relation to other organism groups. Nevertheless, the effect of farming management on weed abundance and diversity will be more reliable on weed seed bank rather than on aboveground weed community because it is the result of processes that have occurred in the past and consequently, it could better reflect the effect of the agricultural practices over the years.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Internatioanl Cooperation, SysCom, Systems comparison, long-term experiment, tropical agriculture
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Systems research and participatory research
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > International > Agroforestry Systems
Related Links:https://systems-compaison.fibl.org
Deposited By: Armengot, Dr Laura
ID Code:36897
Deposited On:04 Dec 2019 13:53
Last Modified:12 May 2020 08:03
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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