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Ecological Implications of Contemporary Agriculture : Proceedings of a Symposium held 7-12 September, 1986, at Wageningen - H. Eijsackers

Ecological Implications of Contemporary Agriculture

Proceedings of a Symposium held 7-12 September, 1986, at Wageningen

By: H. Eijsackers (Editor), A. Quispel (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 8th January 1991
ISBN: 9788716102270
Number Of Pages: 212

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Agronomists and ecologists need each other and can learn from each other: agriculture cannot ignore ecological facts, neither can ecology study and conserve ecosystems without understanding contemporary agriculture. With this intention a symposium was organized on "the ecological implications of contemporary agriculture". Five major groups of problems were discussed, related to major elements of the system, each corresponding to a session of the symposium:<p>- the soil and its life;<br>- the plants, especially the unwanted ones;<br>- the fauna, with emphasis on the control of pests;<br>- the nutrient cycles and nutrient budgets (the driving force);<br>- the connecting elements in the rural landscape, related as they are with lotting out.<p>For each subject (session) two invited papers were presented in combination with a varying number of posters. All these papers were encompassed by the opening and closing lectures, which sketch the societal framework within which a more ecological approach of agriculture has to be worked out.<p>In this overview the different elements are rearranged and assessed according to four major groups of problems: lotting out, nutrient management, soil treatment, and weed and arthropod control. It is concluded with some comments on the possibilities to realize more ecological approaches in the framework of farming-practice and EC-politics.


Opening lecture: The limits to agriculture.

The substrate: how are we treating the soil?.

When is a plant a weed?.

The increasing need for ecological knowledge in pest control.

Flow of water and nutrients through agro-ecosystems.

Relations between ecosystems in the rural landscape.

Closing lecture

ISBN: 9788716102270
ISBN-10: 8716102274
Series: Ecological Bulletins
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 8th January 1991
Country of Publication: DK
Dimensions (cm): 27.38 x 19.94  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.71
Edition Number: 1

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