Register for E-Bulletin
10 May 2017
Tree fodder: food for thought?
Does tree fodder have a role to play in today’s livestock farming in the UK?
22 June 2017
Improving productivity for farmers and foresters
20 April 2017
Innovative Farmers now free to join
Easier access to innovation as membership fees scrapped
19 April 2017
Sustainability of permaculture, organic and conventional farms
Seeking farms for sustainability assessments
1 February 2017
The future of UK organic support
Defra minister announces continued support post-Brexit
Tree-crop interactions in silvoarable agroforestry
Contract period:1 August 2009 to 1 October 2009
Main funder:Ashden Trust
Contact staff at ORC:Dr. Jo Smith
Project aimsInteractions between the tree and crop/livestock components can be positive, negative or neutral. Positive interactions can lead to an increased capture of a limiting resource, resulting in greater total production than if the two components had been grown separately. Conversely, negative interactions occur when the two components overlap in their resource use, and can result in lower productivity than if the components are grown separately. In 2009 we carried out a study to investigate the interactions between tree and crop components in the mixed hardwood and fruit tree silvoarable system at Wakelyns, in Suffolk, England. It tested the hypothesis that species-specific interactions between the trees and cereal crop in a mixed hardwood and fruit tree agroforestry system result in local variations in cereal yield.