Designing intercrops for high yield, yield stability and efficient use of resources: Are there principles?

Tjeerd Jan Stomph*, Christos Dordas, Alain Baranger, Joshua de Rijk, Bei Dong, Jochem Evers, Chunfeng Gu, Long Li, Johan Simon, Erik Steen Jensen, Qi Wang, Yuyun Wang, Zishen Wang, Huasen Xu, Chaochun Zhang, Lizhen Zhang, Wei Ping Zhang, Laurent Bedoussac, Wopke van der Werf

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Abstract

Intercropping is the simultaneous cultivation of plant species in the same field for a considerable proportion of their growing periods. Interest in intercropping for sustainable agriculture is on the rise and the number of scientific studies on intercropping is strongly increasing. Here we assess the current status of knowledge on factors that determine yield, yield stability and resource use efficiency of intercropping as compared to sole cropping. Distinguishing resource use into acquisition and conversion shows that intercrops are mainly improving acquisition rather than conversion efficiency. We also make an attempt to quantify the importance of reduced biotic stresses through pests, diseases, and weeds. We particularly focus on blank spots in the knowledge and possible bias in existing literature and ask which research approaches are needed to advance the field and pave the way for a wider usage of intercropping in modern sustainable agriculture.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Agronomy
PublisherAcademic Press Inc.
Chapter1
Pages1-50
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in Agronomy
Volume160
ISSN (Print)0065-2113

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sustainable agriculture
resource use
biotic stress
plant cultural practices
weed
cropping practice
weeds
pests

Keywords

  • Biotic stresses
  • Cropping system design
  • Light
  • Nutrients
  • Product quality
  • Resource use efficiency
  • Water

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Stomph, T. J., Dordas, C., Baranger, A., de Rijk, J., Dong, B., Evers, J., ... van der Werf, W. (2019). Designing intercrops for high yield, yield stability and efficient use of resources: Are there principles? In Advances in Agronomy (pp. 1-50). (Advances in Agronomy; Vol. 160). Academic Press Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.agron.2019.10.002
Stomph, Tjeerd Jan ; Dordas, Christos ; Baranger, Alain ; de Rijk, Joshua ; Dong, Bei ; Evers, Jochem ; Gu, Chunfeng ; Li, Long ; Simon, Johan ; Jensen, Erik Steen ; Wang, Qi ; Wang, Yuyun ; Wang, Zishen ; Xu, Huasen ; Zhang, Chaochun ; Zhang, Lizhen ; Zhang, Wei Ping ; Bedoussac, Laurent ; van der Werf, Wopke. / Designing intercrops for high yield, yield stability and efficient use of resources: Are there principles?. Advances in Agronomy. Academic Press Inc., 2019. pp. 1-50 (Advances in Agronomy).
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Designing intercrops for high yield, yield stability and efficient use of resources: Are there principles? / Stomph, Tjeerd Jan; Dordas, Christos; Baranger, Alain; de Rijk, Joshua; Dong, Bei; Evers, Jochem; Gu, Chunfeng; Li, Long; Simon, Johan; Jensen, Erik Steen; Wang, Qi; Wang, Yuyun; Wang, Zishen; Xu, Huasen; Zhang, Chaochun; Zhang, Lizhen; Zhang, Wei Ping; Bedoussac, Laurent; van der Werf, Wopke.

Advances in Agronomy. Academic Press Inc., 2019. p. 1-50 (Advances in Agronomy; Vol. 160).

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Stomph TJ, Dordas C, Baranger A, de Rijk J, Dong B, Evers J et al. Designing intercrops for high yield, yield stability and efficient use of resources: Are there principles? In Advances in Agronomy. Academic Press Inc. 2019. p. 1-50. (Advances in Agronomy). https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.agron.2019.10.002