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15 November 2017
Organic Innovation Days
Incorporating OK-NET arable final conference
23 November 2017
Winter Organic Cereals
Diversity in the field - the way forward?
17 October 2017
Organic and Low-Input Dairy Farming
Avenues to Enhance Sustainability and Competitiveness in the EU
15 October 2017
Trees and livestock
What is the role of trees and woodland on an upland livestock farm today?
16 August 2017
Promoting crop diversification in European agriculture
A major 5-year European project ˗ DiverIMPACTS launched
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.