27 March 2019
The Wonders of Woodchip

This workshop will explore some of the many practical uses of woodchip on farms

3 July 2019
2019 OF&G National Organic Combinable Crops

To be held in Yorkshire



15 February 2019
Sharing knowledge and tools for organic farming

Organic Farm Knowledge platform has new design and content

31 January 2019
Nic Lampkin

Nic Lampkin stepping down as Chief Executive Officer



22 November 2018
Big opportunity for UK Organic

Development of new UK agricutural policy will be critical

Scientific evidence supports the use of crop diversity

Category: News
24 March 2011

Scientific evidence supports the use of crop diversity to deliver key objectives in agro-ecosystems

A review paper published this month (Mar 2011) in the American Journal of Botany has revealed that scientific evidence published over the past two decades provides “overwhelming support … that … species richness increases the efficiency by which plants … assimilate … resources and convert these into standing biomass”. The ecological benefits of species diversity are particularly pertinent for agro-ecosystems where growing diverse polycultures can increase productivity and enable farmers to reduce their reliance on inorganic agro-chemicals. A diverse polyculture can capture nutrients more efficiently and produce higher biomass yields than monocultures, and by providing a habitat that encourages natural enemies of pests can suffer less from insect pest attacks.

The Organic Research Centre’s Legume LINK project is examining the role that plant species diversity can play in pasture leys, and work in the Wheat Breeding LINK and SOLIBAM projects is researching the effect of crop genetic diversity on agro-ecosystems.

Links to more information -
http://www.amjbot.org/cgi/content/abstract/ajb.1000364v1

Keywords: biodiversity, arable, crops, ecosystem services

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