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Biodiversity management practices and benefits in Conservation Agriculture systems

Code: 9781786765932
Scott Day, Treelane Farms Ltd, Canada; Ademir Calegari, Agricultural Research Institute of Paraná State (IAPAR), Brazil; Alessandra Santos, Marcus Cremonesi, Lilianne Maia and Wilian Demetrio, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil; and Marie L. C. Bartz, Coimbra University, Portugal

Chapter synopsis: Biodiversity in agriculture is one of the most effective ways to achiebe sustainable crop production without damaging the environment. This chapter reviews biodiversity management practices and benefits in Conservation Agriculture systems. After looking at the importance of soil microorganisms, the chapter looks at how CA systems contribute to soil biological activity, particularly the way cover crops and rotations, with a no-till regime, can enrich soil and the multitude or organisms living in it. The chapter concludes with a case study discussing biodiversity management practices and benefits in CA systems in South-West Manitoba (Canada).

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Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Soil microorganisms and their importance 3 Effects of cropping practices on soil biodiversity and ecosystem functioning 4 Effectiveness of diversified CA cropping systems 5 Case study: biodiversity management practices and benefits in CA systems in South-West Manitoba (Canada) 6 Where to look for further information 7 References

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