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Herbaceous Species Cacao Production Systems: Biotic Homogenisation and Dynamics Over Time in a Long-Term Trial in Bolivia

Marconi Ripa, Luis; Seidel, Renate and Armengot, Laura (2020) Herbaceous Species Cacao Production Systems: Biotic Homogenisation and Dynamics Over Time in a Long-Term Trial in Bolivia. In: Proceedings Tropentag "Food and nutrition security and its resilience to global crises", 9-11 September 2020, Virtual Conference, p. 129.

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The different types of cocoa production have an impact on the spontaneous diversity of the cropping systems. Plants, and specifically herbs, are one of the most susceptible groups to the transformation of forests into cropping land. We study the plant species of the herbaceous stratum in an experimental trial in Bolivia, where five production systems representing a gradient of management intensity were compared: two monocultures and two agroforestry systems under conventional and organic farming containing a planted cover crop layer, and a complex successional agroforestry system with no external inputs.
In a first study we explored the role of potential role of agroforestry systems and management intensity in diversity conservation and against biotic homogenisation. We did not find significant differences in species richness between production systems, but higher number of species was found in the successional agroforestry system. However, community composition did change following the management intensity gradient. In addition, we found that widely distributed species, including some exotic species, were associated to intensive management, i.e. monocultures and conventional systems with high solar exposure levels and/or glyphosate application. Conversely, successional agroforestry and organic systems harbored species with a geographical distribution range restricted to the Neotropics or South America. Accordingly, cocoa organic and agroforestry systems, could contribute to both biodiversity conservation and the minimisation of biotic homogenisation.
In a second study based on Braun-Blanquet samplings of herbaceous strata over seven years, we found that the differences in community composition were established at a very early stage and time had a minor role compared with the selective pressure of the production system. In the systems with more available resources (light, space) we registered higher number of new species, but the pool from which they come from depended on the production system.
So far we have found 171 different herb species in the trial. We have identified some species that could be used as cover crops if kept in the system under proper management, which could reduce the weeding efforts. We have also identified species selected and promoted by the use of glyphosate in the conventional systems.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:Agroforestry, biodiversity conservation, community composition, full-sun monocultures, organic farming, Abacus, FiBL6516603, Agroforst, Kakao, Lateinamerika
Agrovoc keywords:
cocoa products
Subjects: Crop husbandry
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > Latin America
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Crops > Special crops > Cocoa
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > International > Agroforestry Systems
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > International > Regions > Latin America & Caribbean
Deposited By: Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, FiBL
ID Code:39196
Deposited On:09 Feb 2021 08:39
Last Modified:09 Feb 2021 08:39
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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