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What can agriculture learn from natural ecosystems?


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Lefroy, EC and Hobbs, RJ and O'Connor, MH and Pate, JS (1999) What can agriculture learn from natural ecosystems? In: Agriculture as a mimic of natural ecosystems. Current plant science and biotechnology in agriculture (37). Kluwer Academic Publishers, London, pp. 479-492. ISBN 978-0-7923-5965-4

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In the preceding papers, the authors evaluate the usefulness of the proposition that mimicking characteristics of natural ecosystems, particularly patterns of resource capture and distribution, can lead to improved sustainability of agricultural systems. They approach this question from a diverse array of disciplines over a broad range of geographical settings and ecosystems and produce an equally broad range of views and conclusions. The aim of this paper is to draw out the major themes that have emerged concerning the usefulness of the mimic concept in generating radical solutions to the problem of agriculture. First, a brief summary of their scope and conclusions.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Page Range: pp. 479-492
Additional Information: © 1999 Kluwer Academic Publishers
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2009 05:32
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:02
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