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Agroecosystem Sustainability

Developing Practical Strategies, 1st Edition

Edited by Stephen R. Gliessman

CRC Press

224 pages | 50 B/W Illus.

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Agroecologists from around the world share their experiences in the analysis and development of indicators of agricultural sustainability in Agroecosystem Sustainability: Developing Practical Strategies. The authors build on the resource-conserving aspects of traditional, local, and small-scale agriculture while at the same time drawing on modern ecological knowledge and methods. They define the relationship between agroecology and sustainable development.

Leading researchers present case studies that attempt to determine 1) if a particular agricultural practice, input, or management decision is sustainable, and 2) what is the ecological basis for the functioning of the chosen management strategy over the long term. They discuss common findings, define the future role of agroecology, and explore strategies for helping farmers make the transition to sustainable farming systems.

Preserving the productivity of agricultural land over the long term requires sustainable food production. Agroecosystem Sustainability: Developing Practical Strategies covers topics that range from management practices specific to a particular region to more global efforts to develop sets of indicators of sustainability. It links social and ecological indicators of sustainability. From this foundation we can move towards the social and economic changes that promote sustainability in all sectors of the food system.

Table of Contents


The Ecological Foundations for Sustainability, S. Gliessman

Increasing Sustainability in Mediterranean Cropping Systems with Self-Reseeding Annual Legumes, F. Caporali and E. Campiglia

Manipulating Plant Biodiversity to Enhance Biological Control of Insect Pests: A Case Study of a Northern California Organic Vineyard, C. Nicholls and M. Altieri

An Assessment of Tropical Homegardens as Examples of Sustainable Local Agroforestry Systems, V. E. Méndez

Improving Agroecosystem Sustainability Using Organic (Plant-Based) Mulch, M. Rosemeyer


Nitrogen and the Sustainable Village, E.C. Ellis, R. G. Li, L.Z. Yang, and X. Cheng

Nematode Communities as Ecological Indicators of Agroecosystem Health, D.A. Nehr

Field-Scale Nutrient Cycling and Sustainability: Comparing Natural and Agricultural Ecosystems, J. Muramoto, E.C. Ellis, Z. Li, R.M. Machado, and S. Gliessman


Assessing Agricultural Sustainability Using the Six-Pillar Model: Iran as a Case Study, A. Farshad and J. A. Zinck

Coevolutionary Agroecology: A Policy- Oriented Analysis of Socioenvironmental Dynamics, with Special Reference to Forest Margins in North Lampung, Indonesia, R. Gauthier and G. Woodgate

Operationalizing the Concept of Sustainability in Agriculture: Characterizing Agroecosystems on a Multi-Criteria, Multiple-Scale Performance Space, M. Giampietro and G. Pastore

About the Series

Advances in Agroecology

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Forestry