Agroecology

Agroecology

Agroecology

Agroecology is the study of ecological processes applied to agricultural production systems. Bringing ecological principles to bear can suggest new management approaches in agroecosystems. The term is often used imprecisely. Agroecologists study a variety of agroecosystems. The field of agroecology is not associated with any one particular method of farming; whether it be organic, integrated, or conventional, intensive or extensive, although some use the name specifically for alternative agriculture.

Agroecology is a holistic approach that fosters to reconcile agriculture and local communities with natural processes for the common benefit of nature and livelihoods.

Agroecology is inherently multidisciplinary, including sciences such as agronomy, ecology, environmental science, sociology, economics, history and others. Agroecology uses different sciences to understand elements of ecosystems such as soil properties and plant-insect interactions, as well as using social sciences to understand the effects of farming practices on rural communities, economic constraints to developing new production methods, or cultural factors determining farming practices.[citation needed] The system properties of agroecosystems studied may include: productivity, stability, sustainability and equitability. Agroecology is not limited to any one scale; it can range from individual gene to entire population, or from a single field to globally.

  • Sustainability Assessment of Animal Systems
  • Agroecology and Sustainability of Production Systems
  • Future Livestock Systems
  • Methodologies for Reading Sustainable Foodscapes
  • Analysis and Design of Organic Farming Systems
  • Organic Agriculture and Society
  • Agroecology
  • Farming Systems Ecology
  • Research Methods in Crop Science
  • Grassland Science
  • Modelling functional diversity in crop production
  • Advanced Crop Physiology
  • Ecological Aspects of Bio-interactions
  • Entomology
  • Quantitative Analysis of Land Use Systems
  • Agroforestry
  • Analysing Sustainability of Farming Systems
  • Plant Production Systems
  • Nutrient Management
  • Soil Biology
  • Agricultural Economics and Rural Policy
  • Animal Production Systems
  • Business Economics
  • Crop and Weed Ecology
  • Crop Physiology
  • Environmental Policy
  • World agroecosystems and agricultural

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