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Four different plant species planted together for optimal crop and soil performance.

 

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Chris Pelzer, Ann Bybee-Finley, and Casey McManus (L-R) clean up the edges of a cowpea plot about 30 days after planting the first field site for the experiment. Four different plant species are planted together in a team effort to diversify and add nutrients to the soil.
Credit: Sustainable Cropping Systems Lab

Intercropping: Intersection of soil health, production

Cornell University.

Date:
September 21, 2016
Source:
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)
Summary:
Plant diversity in intercropping leads to more diversity below ground too. Researchers are working to find the right combination for optimal crop and soil performance.

Read the full article: Science Daily

Published by

Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.