Drawing on the collective expertise of world authorities, Ecological Basis of Agroforestry employs extensive use of tables and figures to demonstrate how ecologically sustainable agroecosystems can meet the challenges of enhancing crop productivity, soil fertility, and environmental sustainability. Divided into four sections, this comprehensive volume begins with a study of tree-crop interaction in tropical and temperate climates.
In response to a growing need to bridge aspects of geography and ecology, Troll
(1950, 1968) coined the term “landscape ecology,” which was adopted as a new
scientific discipline. According to Troll (1968), the landscape can be studied in terms
of its morphology, classification, and changes in time (history), as well as the
functional relationships between its components, which he called landscape ecology.
Troll also considered that problems of landscape protection as well as management
should be included in geographical analyses of landscapes.
Agroecology encompasses not only aspects of ecology and agriculture, but the
ecology of sustainable food production systems, including the technology and
related societal and cultural values (e.g. Gliessman 1998; Altieri and Hecht 1990;
Altieri 1989, 1987, 1983) to better promote healthy and functional environments for
a sustainable quality of life (see also Castillo et al. 2005). To provide effective com
munication regarding the status and advances in this burgeoning field, connections
must be established with many disciplines including (but not limited to)...
It is intended that this book be suitable for a variety of engineers and ecologists, who
may wish to gain an introduction to the rapidly growing field of ecological and
environmental modelling. An understanding of the fundamentals of environmental
problems and ecology, as presented for instance in the textbook Principles of
Environmental Science and Technology is assumed. Furthermore, it is assumed that
the reader has either a fundamental knowledge of differential equations and matrix
calculations or has read the Appendix, which gives a brief introduction to these
Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development has been created from the merger of Agricultural Development Council (A/D/C), International Agricultural Development Service (lADS) and Winrock International Livestock Researclk and Training Center (WILRTC).
Suggested citation: Gordon R. CONWAY, Agroecosystem Analysis for Research and Development. Bangkok: Winrock International, 1986.
The publication and distribution of the Papers On Survey Research Methodology have been r.
Of the many books that have been written about weed management, most
have focused on the use of herbicides. This volume is different. Instead of providing
information about chemical weed control technologies, the emphasis
here is on weed management procedures that rely on manipulations of ecological
conditions and relationships. By focusing on ecologically based
methods of management, we have been able to provide in-depth treatment of
subjects that most weed science books treat only briefly.
Our goal in writing this book was to describe
why weeds occur where they do. We have
made no attempt to discuss their management
and control: there are excellent texts
available for that. Rather, we think that students
should understand how and why
weeds fit into their environment. This text
presents ecological principles as they relate
to weeds. Ecology is central to our understanding
of how and why weeds invade and
yet there are few books that make this connection.
That is the niche we hope to fill.
This book, now in its third edition, began almost 25 years ago when Weed
Ecology: Implications for Vegetation Management was published in 1984. That
text concentrated on the need for farmers, foresters, rangeland managers, and the
researchers who advised them to understand better the biology of weeds and
the role people play in creating and maintaining weeds in agriculture and other
production systems. We were assisted in that first effort by the writings of many
early scientists, such as J. L. Harper, H. G. Baker, and E. J.
In 1950, the United States Department of Energy (then the U.S. Atomic
Energy Commission) began purchasing the land that became the present
Savannah River Site (SRS). All residents were removed (figure A), and in
1951 the government closed the site to the public to begin work on production
of nuclear weapons materials. At the time, abandoned agricultural
fields dominated upland areas, and the SRS and the USDA Forest
Service initiated an aggressive reforestation program.
If we are to create a sustainable world—one in which we are accountable
to the needs of all future generations and all living creatures—we
must recognize that our present forms of agriculture, architecture, engineering,
and technology are deeply flawed. To create a sustainable
world, we must transform these practices. We must infuse the design of
products, buildings, and landscapes with a rich and detailed understanding
.The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Africa Rice Center (WARDA, the acronym for West Africa Rice Development Association) are two of fifteen Future Harvest research centers funded by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). The CGIAR is cosponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank), the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Environment Programme.
Question 1: What is human ecology? Please, draw a diagram showing relationship
between Ecosystem and Social system? What are benefits for Economics to study
- Ecology is the science of relationships between living organisms and their environment.
- Human ecology is about relationships between people and their environment. In human
ecology the environment is perceived as an ecosystem
- An ecosystem is everything in a specified area - the air, soil, water, living organisms and
physical structures, including everything built by humans.
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Agroforestry is one of the sustainable approaches to land-use management where both agriculture
and forestry combine into an integrated production system to get maximum benefits (Kidd and
Pimentel, 1992; Nair, 1998). As per ICRAF (International Centre for Research in Agroforestry, now
World Agroforestry Centre), ‘‘agroforestry is a deliberate integration of woody components with
agricultural and pastoral operations on the same piece of land either in a spatial or temporal
sequence in such a way that both ecological and economic interactions occur between them.’’...
John H. Vandermeer Ph.D., is a Margaret Davis Collegiate Professor in the
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor. His work has been in tropical agroecosystem ecology, tropical forest
ecology, and theoretical ecology. He is the author of over 150 scientific articles and
Professor Vandermeer was born in 1940 in Chicago, Illinois. He received his BS
in zoology from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, and his masters in
zoology from the University of Kansas.
Farmers have a reputation for being innovators and experimenters, willing to adopt new
practices when they perceive some benefit will be gained. Over the past 40 to 50 years,
innovation in agriculture has been driven mainly by an emphasis on high yields and
farm profit, resulting in remarkable returns but also an array of negative environmental
In response to increasing concerns about degradation of natural resources and
the sustainability of agricultural production potentials in many poor regions
of the world, many national and international organisations have initiated
research and development programmes for natural resource management
Since the 1930s, the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) Forest
Service’s International Institute of Tropical Forestry (the Institute) has
studied mahogany and its management. In the 1960s, F.B. Lamb, the author
of the classic book on mahogany (1966), was an Institute collaborator.
Before gene flow and genetic erosion became popular terms, my predecessor
Frank Wadsworth established a gene bank at the Luquillo Experimental
Compared to other ecosystems, wetlands have received an exceptional amount of
attention. Wetlands are valuable as sources, sink and transformers of a multitude
of chemical, biological and genetic materials. They stabilize water supplies, clean
polluted waters, protect shorelines, and recharge groundwater aquifers. They have
increasingly become recognized for their unique ecological functions in the
environment and are the focus of increased research by scientists and study
programs by schools, communities, and nature centers.
If better management (BMP) was adopted in Vietnam there is evidence that the current trends and past environmental degradation can be stopped and even reversed, and shrimp production efficiency can be increased.