Intercropping for Sustainability


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The Crop Diversification Cluster of Horizon 2020 projects

Choosing species and spatial arrangements for yield and weed control in soybean-based intercropping

Nitrogen effects on pea-barley intercrop productivity compared to sole crops in Denmark. Under
review in: Sustainability: Land Management and Sustainable Agricultural Production

Weed suppression and yield of sole and intercropped grain legumes under the conditions of organic farming

Antagonistic responses to crop diversification at two levels of fertilizer and herbicide application

Intercropping for Yield Benefits

Using the land equivalent ratio to compare the productivity of agroforestry systems at different scenarios

Diversifying crop rotation sequences with grain legume/cereal intercrops and legume/grass cover crops

Alternative approaches to home-grown protein production: Yield and quality characteristics of micro-silage made from legume-cereal intercrops

Is there a role for intercropping in Australian dryland cropping systems to increase yield and reduce risk – a review

Tephrosia fallow enhances grain yield of maize-common bean intercrops: Results from a demonstration trial in western Kenya



Multispecies interactions in the pest control system of shade coffee in the Americas

Environmental Benefits and Ecosystem Services

Potential for legume-cereal relay intercropping in enhancing plant-soil-AMF interactions and yield

Complex intercropping of winter oilseed rape with frost sensitive service plants: How to explain
ecosystem services variability?

Effects of barley-pea intercropping on soil organic decomposition rates

Intercrops enhance soil conditions, an example of the organic fodder case study site at The Netherlands

Multi-species grasslands: diversity enhances forage crop multifunctionality

Nutrient and Pest Management (II)

Wheat-pea intercrop affects activity density and biocontrol potential of generalist predators

The impact of a spring bean companion crop in oilseed rape on cabbage stem flea beetle pressure, nitrogen interactions and yield in the East Anglia

Shifting historical monocrop rotations with intercropping can promote soil phosphorus fertility when multi-nutrient enriched compost was amended in semi-arid regions

N fertilization affects complementarity and dominance differently depending on crop mixtures

SESSION THREE (Evening Session TBC)





Innovations and Tools

Breaking barriers to plant team polycultures: A role for PAT, modern machinery and novel products?

Large field trials as platforms to develop digital tools for intercropping

Intercropping for sustainable agriculture: theory, mechanisms and multifunctionality

Using spatially explicit plant competition models to optimise productivity in intercropping

Creating a typology of crop diversity tools (TypoCrop)

Multi actor platforms on mixed cropping across Europe; Technical and socio-economic experiences

Poster Presentations within Breakout Rooms


SESSION FIVE (Evening Session TBC)





A post-Darwinian agriculture

Platform Presentations

Parallel Session Six A: New approaches to investigate intercropping mechanisms

Using plant traits to understand the contribution of biodiversity effects to community productivity
in an agricultural system

Multi-dimensional trait space in cereal-legume mixtures: an analysis across environments and plant teams

Intercropping maize with Andean lupin: A view to the roots

Genetic drivers for mixture performance in pea and barley

Water use and water source of six different crop species in mixed cultures

Strip intercropping of maize, wheat, pea and faba bean in the Netherlands: Which species combinations are advantageous?

Effect of spring wheat and faba bean intercropping design on crop productivity and climatic risks

Parallel Session Seven B: New approaches to investigate intercropping mechanisms

Coordinating big data in agriculture: a feasible example

Increasing plant diversity reduces reproductive effort in annual crops

EcosysteMIX: an interactive web app to design crop mixtures combining empirical and scientific

Poster Session II