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29 June 2018
Future regulation for organic farming
Producer meeting in Cirencester
3 July 2018
National Organic Combinable Crops 2018
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18 June 2018
Martin Wolfe receives lifetime achievement award
For services to plant breeding, diversity, the environment and sustainable food production.
11 June 2018
Impacts of conversion to 100% organic management
New research reveals the production impact of a large-scale conversion to organic management in England and Wales
18 June 2018
Government support needed for agroforestry
Parliamentary wake up call for putting trees at the heart of agriculture
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.