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Agronomy and Physiology of Tropical Cover Crops
- Cover crops are important components of a sustainable crop production system. They can be planted with plantation crops such as cacao, coffee, banana, rubber, and oil palm or in rotation with cash crops. Their use in a cropping system is mainly beneficial for soil and water conservation, recycling of nutrients, control of pests and improved microbiological activities. However, beneficial effects depend on the selection of appropriate cover crops and their management. Hence, understanding their agronomy and physiology is fundamental for their use in sustainable cropping systems. Growth and development of a crop (physiological aspects) is determined genetically as well as influenced by environmental variables. This information can be useful in improving production of these crops and, consequently, their incorporation in farming systems, wherever it is possible. There are hundreds of tropical cover crops and, therefore, it is not possible to include all of them in one article. Hence, selected cereals and legumes are included.
Baligar, V.C. , Fageria, N.K.
cover crops , tropics , agronomic traits , plant cultural practices , plant physiology , crop rotation , cropping systems , literature reviews , soil conservation , soil water content , genetic variation , environmental factors , plant morphology , crops , plant nutrition , fertilizer rates
- Includes references
- Journal of plant nutrition 2007 July-Sept, v. 30, no. 7-9
Journal Articles, USDA Authors, Peer-Reviewed
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