This book incorporates new insights and concepts in the hope of helping guide agricultural students, researchers, and practitioners to a deeper understanding of the ecology of agricultural systems that will open the doors to new management options with the objectives of sustainable agriculture.
Table of Contents
Preface -- The Theoretical Basis of Agricultural Ecology -- The Evolution of Agroecological Thought -- The Methodology and Practice of Agroecology -- The Agroecosystem: Determinants, Resources, Processes, and Sustainability -- The Design of Alternative Agricultural Systems and Technologies -- Generating Sustainable Technologies Appropriate to Alternative Farming -- Designing Sustainable Agroecosystems -- Treditional Agriculture -- Ecologically Based Agricultural Development Programs -- Organic Farming -- The Alternative Production Systems. -- Polyculture Cropping Systems -- Cover Cropping and Mulching -- Crop Rotation and Minimum Tillage -- Agroforestry Systems -- Ecological Management of Insect Pests, Pathogens, and Weeds. -- Integrated Pest Management -- Weed Ecology and Management. -- Plant Disease Ecology and Management -- Pasture Management to Sustain Agriculture -- Soil Quality and Management -- Looking Ahead -- Toward Sustainable Agriculture -- About the Book and Author