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Ecological Basis of Agroforestry

1st Edition

Edited by Daizy Rani Batish, Ravinder Kumar Kohli, Shibu Jose, Harminder Pal Singh

CRC Press

400 pages | 97 B/W Illus.

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Faced with the growing problems of climate change, ecosystem degradation, declining agricultural productivity, and uncertain food security, modern agricultural scientists look for potential relief in an ancient practice. Agroforestry, if properly designed, can mitigate greenhouse effects, maintain ecosystem health and biodiversity, provide food security, and reduce poverty. Poorly implemented agroforestry, however, can not only exacerbate existing problems, but also contribute in its own right to the overall negative effects of our depleted and failing ecosystems. With a diminishing margin for error, a thorough understanding of the ecological processes that govern these complex systems is, therefore, crucial.

Drawing on the collective expertise of world authorities, Ecological Basis of Agroforestry employs extensive use of tables and figures to demonstrate how ecologically sustainable agroecosystems can meet the challenges of enhancing crop productivity, soil fertility, and environmental sustainability. Divided into four sections, this comprehensive volume begins with a study of tree-crop interaction in tropical and temperate climates. Contributions cover above and below ground interactions, alley cropping, tri-trophic interactions, ecologically based pest management, and the chemistry and practical potential of chemically mediated plant interactions.

The second section investigates root-mediated below ground interactions and their role in enhancing productivity, soil fertility, and sustainability. It includes an extensive study on litter dynamics and factors affecting nutrient release. Applying ecological modeling of complex agroforestry systems, section three demonstrates the use of computer-based designs to ensure profitability. The final section addresses the socio-economic aspects of agroforestry, supplying in-depth knowledge of various farming systems and discussing the technological tools that benefit society in different eco-regions around the world.


"… provides a contemporary bibliography for additional reading. It also provides a comprehensive index. … a valuable addition to the series."

– R.P. Udawatta, Department of Soil, University of Missouri in Environmental Quality, Vol. 38, No. 2, 2009

Table of Contents

Ecological Interactions: An Overview

Ecological Interactions in Agroforestry: An Overview, R.K. Kohli, H.P. Singh, D.R. Batish, and S. Jose

Tree–Crop Interactions: Lessons from Temperate Alley-Cropping Systems, S. Jose, S.C. Allen, and P.K.R. Nair

Allelopathic Tree–Crop Interactions under Agroforestry Systems, D.R. Batish, H.P. Singh, and R.K. Kohli

Approaches to Tree–Environment–Crop Interactions, R.M. Kho

Weeds, Diseases, Insect Pests, and Tri-Trophic Interactions in Tropical Agroforestry, G. Sileshi, G. Schroth, M.R. Rao, and H. Girma

Ecologically Based Pest Management in Agroforestry Systems, M.A. Altieri and C.I. Nicholls

A Case Study on the Potential of Contour Hedgerow Intercropping for Sustainable Crop Production on Sloping Highlands in Humid and Subhumid Zones of Sri Lanka, W.A.J.M. De Costa, A.G. Chandrapala, P. Surenthran, and L.G.N. Dharmasiri

The Belowground Ecology

Belowground Interactions in Tree–Crop Agroforestry: Need for a New Approach, G. Schroth, M. Schaller, and F. Jiménez

Tree–Grass Interactions and Water Use in Silvopastoral Systems in N.W. Patagonia, J.E. Gyenge, M.E. Fernández, and T.M. Schlichter

Litter Dynamics in Plantation and Agroforestry Systems of the Tropics—A Review of Observations and Methods, B.M. Kumar

Developments in the Research of the Potential of Agroforestry for Sustaining Soil Fertility in Zimbabwe, S. Zingore, R. Chikowo, G. Nyamadzawo, P. Nyamugafata, and P.L. Mafongoya

Soil Sustainability in Agroforestry Systems: Experiences on Impacts of Trees on Soil Fertility from a Humid Tropical Site, F. Montagnini

Root Competition for Water Between Trees and Grass in a Silvopastoral Plot of 10 Year Old Prunus avium, P. Balandier, F.X. De Montard, and T. Curt

Models in Agroforestry

Relationship of Three-Dimensional Structure to Shelterbelt Function: A Theoretical Hypothesis, X. Zhou, J.R. Brandle, E.S. Takle, and C.W. Mize

Modeling a Field Shelterbelt System with the Shelterbelt Agroforestry Modeling System, C.W. Mize, J. Colletti, W. Batchelor, J.S. Kim, E.S. Takle,and J.R. Brandle

Ecological Economics

Social and Economic Implications of Agroforestry for Rural Economic Development in Temperate Regions, C.J. Doyle and T. Waterhouse

Forest Patches in Northeast Luzon (the Philippines): Their Status, Role, and Perspectives for Conservation in Integrated Land-Use Systems, D.J. Snelder and G.A. Persoon

Adoption, Profitability, Impacts, and Scaling Up of Agroforestry Technologies in Southern African Countries, O.C. Ajayi, F.K. Akinnifesi, J. Mullila-Mitti,J.J. DeWolf, P.W. Matakala, and F.R. Kwesiga

Pasture Production and Tree Growth in Agroforestry Systems of Northwest Spain, M.P. González-Hernández and M.J.R. Lorenzo


Subject Categories

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