Polyculture Management: A Crucial System for Sustainable Agriculture Development
Katarzyna Adamczewska-Sowińska , Józef Sowiński
AbstractPolyculture is a system for the cultivation of a few crops together, in the same space and at the same time. These methods of crop production have been known and used for thousands of years. Since the 1970s, the system of intensive agriculture has dominated, and the use of environmentally friendly methods for food and feed production has been limited, as has the use of the polyculture system (PS). This paper presents different methods of PS, and special attention is paid to the importance of methods for sustainable agriculture, with a focus on soil protection and the effect of polyculture on soil fertilities. A special issue presented here are living mulches and companion crops (CC) methods in agriculture and horticulture production. Soil surface cover is an important practice for the slowdown of degradation processes to increase soil fertilities. Polyculture and plant cover (companion crop or living mulches) have many environmental benefits: protection of soil against water and wind erosion, stabilization of soil temperature, reservoir of water in the soil profile, effect on soil fertilities, biological activity, and physical soil characteristics. Living mulches or CC are an element of biological control and compete with weeds and reduce pest attacks and disease infection.
|Publication size in sheets||2|
|Book||Meena Ram Swaroop (eds.): Soil Health Restoration and Management, 2020, Springer, ISBN 978-981-13-8569-8, [978-981-13-8570-4], 380 p., DOI:10.1007/978-981-13-8570-4|
|Keywords in English||Polyculture system, Aboveground and belowground competition, Environment protection, Nitrogen fixation|
|Internal identifier||68722; PX-5da43322d5decaf10e0d015f|
|Score||= 20.0, 15-09-2020, MonographChapterAuthor|
|Citation count*||2 (2021-05-11)|
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