Published October 1, 1999
by Springer .
Written in English
|Contributions||E.C. Lefroy (Editor), R.J. Hobbs (Editor), M.H. O"Connor (Editor), J.S. Pate (Editor)|
|The Physical Object|
|Number of Pages||504|
This book critically examines the idea that the sustainability of agriculture could be improved by mimicking the structure and processes occurring in natural ecosystems. Researchers from around the world present comparative studies of multi-species farming systems, natural ecosystems and conventional agriculture. Agriculture as a mimic of natural ecosystems. Can the ecosystem mimic hypotheses be applied to farms in African savannahs? M. van Noordwijk, C.K. Ong. Soil community composition in ecosystem processes: Comparing agricultural with natural ecosystems; D.A. Neher. The problem of irrigated horticulture: matching the biophysical efficiency with the economic efficiency; R.J. Stirzaker. of agriculture as a mimic of natural ecosystem s, as summarised in Table 3. Of these five Of these five examples, the two that have survived the test of time both evolved through the selective.
This " mimic " approach is based on the premise that the structure and/or functioning of natural ecosystems can be a model to mimic for the conception of agricultural systems. The beehive, one of nature’s most efficient designs, is the inspiration behind Hexagro, a modular planter system designed to make maximum use of limited urban spaces. Ecological processes in natural ecosystems were thought to regulate populations in ways that we might, perhaps, usefully mimic in agricultural ecosystems. In the past 20 years, however, ecological science has largely rejected simple equilibrium models of populations that were based, at least implicitly, on some version of the “balance of. This book critically examines the idea that the sustainability of agriculture could be improved by mimicking the structure and processes occurring in natural ecosystems. Researchers from around the world present comparative studies of multi-species farming systems, natural ecosystems and conventional agriculture. Case studies from Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and North and South .
We assess the idea that agriculture should mimic natural ecosystems. • Natural selection improves individual adaptations, not ecosystem organization. • Agriculture׳s constraints further limit the feasibility of ecosystem mimicry. • Individual adaptations of wild species could inspire agricultural applications. The uniting theme of this book is the possibility of designing agriculture as a structural and functional mimic of natural ecosystems. The book is divided into five sections, encompassing the following major themes, each section having several chapters. Firstly, the concept of developing a permanent, low input grain producing system composed of mixtures of perennial species is covered, . Agriculture as a Mimic of Natural Ecosystems Download Statistics. Download Statistics. Downloads. Downloads per month over past year. Lefroy, EC and Hobbs, RJ , 'Agriculture as a Mimic of Natural Ecosystems', paper presented at the RIRDC/LWRRDC/FWPRDC Joint Venture Agroforestry Program, 2 - 9 September Preview. PDF. Can agricultural management emulate natural ecosystems in recharge control in south eastern Australia? F. X. Dunin, J. Williams, K. Verburg, B. A. Keating Pages OriginalPaper.