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Effects of Intercropping Systems on Environment

Poster-Presentation in “Biodiversity and Ecosystems Goods and Services”, Dürr N. and Weber V.


  • cultivating two or more crops in the same space at the same time
  • form of polyculture using companion planting principles


Services provided by intercropping


Genetic diversity

  • physical barrier to fungal spread
  • ↑complexity & competition of pathogens
  • Induced resistance
  • > rice blast 94% less severe → no fungicides used
  • > 89% greater yield
  • LER: 1.18 ha monoculture for 1 ha mixture

land use systems in which woody perennials
are integrated with crops (Gliessman 2007)

  • Increase in biodiversity
  • Soil fertility improvement
  • Socioeconomic effects



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December 3rd, 2008
Topic: Crop Science, Plant biodiversity Tags: None

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