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Faba Bean: A Potential Intercrop In Organic Vegetable Production In A European Perspective?

Shanmugam, Sindhuja; Hefner, Margita; Willekens, Koen; Trinchera, Alessandra; Pirjo, Kivijärvi; Koopmans, Chris; Van Apeldoorn, Dirk; Lepse, Liga; Barbry, Joran; Valero, Constantino and Lakkenborg Kristensen, Hanne (2021) Faba Bean: A Potential Intercrop In Organic Vegetable Production In A European Perspective? Paper at: Organic World Congress 2021, Science Forum: 6th ISOFAR Conference co-organised with INRA, FiBL, Agroecology Europe, TP Organics and ITAB, Rennes, France, 8 - 10 September, 2021. [Completed]

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Intercropping can provide ecological and yield benefits when selecting crops and management practices that balance the competition for resources. A field experiment was carried out under temperate conditions to study the effect of intercropping faba bean (Vicia faba L.) and pointed cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata f. conica) on yield and plant nitrogen (N) uptake. Both crops were grown in mono cropping (MC) and intercropping systems (IC). The yield of pointed cabbage per meter row was 28% higher under IC compared to MC. The ratio between marketable yield and total yield of pointed cabbage was also higher in IC. However, faba bean yield per meter row was reduced by 15% under IC. There was an indication of higher total N accumulation under IC followed by cabbage-MC and faba bean-MC. Soil mineral N at harvest (0-2.5 m depth) was lower in cabbage-MC, followed by IC and faba bean-MC. The intercropping system had a positive land equivalent ratio (LER) of 1.06, which points to the potential of using faba bean as an intercrop in sustainable organic vegetable production systems with higher N use efficiency. Results will be discussed in the wider perspective of several European trials on intercropping from the SureVeg-project (Strip-cropping and recycling for biodiverse and resource-efficient intensive vegetable production) and point to new knowledge for farmers wanting to implement intercropping.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Land equivalent ratio, Nitrogen use efficiency, soil mineral nitrogen, Vicia faba L.
Agrovoc keywords:
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URI
English
vegetable crops
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_8165
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intercropping
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_3910
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roots
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_6651
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land equivalent ratio
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_36791
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Crop combinations and interactions
Soil > Nutrient turnover
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Vegetables
Environmental aspects
Research affiliation:Belgium
European Union > CORE Organic Cofund > SUREVEG
Denmark > AU - Aarhus University > Faculty of Science and Technology > Department of Food Science
Denmark > Innovation Fund Denmark
Spain
Finland
International Conferences > 2021: Organic World Congress, Science Forum: 6th ISOFAR Conference co-organised with INRA, FiBL, Agroecology Europe, TP Organics and ITAB > Transitioning towards organic and sustainable food system
Italy
Latvia
Netherlands
Deposited By: Jakobsen, Malene
ID Code:43382
Deposited On:19 Jan 2022 09:38
Last Modified:21 Jan 2022 08:11
Document Language:English
Status:Unpublished
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:A book of abstracts of papers of the Science Forum at the Organic World Congress 2021, September 8-10, Online and on-site in Rennes, France '6th ISOFAR Conference co-organised with INRA, FiBL, Agroecology Europe, TP Organics and ITAB' has been published

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