Nitrogen and phosphorus mineralization and their corresponding monetary values under long‐term integrated soil fertility management practices
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by Peter Bolo, Monicah Mucheru‐Muna, Michael Kinyua, George Ayaga, Sylvia Nyawira, Job Kihara
1w ago
Abstract Introduction Nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) are essential nutrients for plant growth, commonly supplied through costly inorganic amendments. However, despite the benefits of nutrient mineralisation, there is limited quantitative information on its monetary value, and the extent of associated potential financial relief to smallholder farmers, particularly in western Kenya region. Materials and Methods This study used in situ resin core method to explore the extent of N and P nutrient mineralisation and monetary equivalents under select integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) pract ..read more
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Viticulture and the European Union's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP): Historical overview, current situation and future perspective
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by Pablo Homet, Manuel Ángel Gallardo‐Reina, Juan F. Aguiar, Isabel M. Liberal, Ramón Casimiro‐Soriguer, Raúl Ochoa‐Hueso
1M ago
In this article, we provide an overview of the historical evolution of viticulture in Europe from its origins to the present, and identify appropriate farming practices to accomplish sustainability requirements of the new CAP. We propose integrating organic management strategies together with historical practices developed by ancient cultures to meet the goals of the new CAP and advance towards a more sustainable future for agriculture. Our suggestions aim to improve the environmental conservation of agricultural ecosystems and reduce production costs while coping with possible associated yie ..read more
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The effects of pastoral hill country natural landscape features and land management practices on nitrate losses and its potential attenuation for improved water quality
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by Grace Chibuike, Ranvir Singh, Lucy Burkitt
2M ago
Abstract Pastoral farming on hill country landscapes influences nitrogen (N) dynamics and its losses to freshwater. This study reviewed the current literature identifying key effects of pastoral hill country landscape features and land management practices on nitrate losses to receiving waters. The review also highlighted the potential effects of inherent landscape features on nitrate attenuation pathways for better water quality outcomes. Intensive land use activities involving high rates of fertiliser application, higher stocking rates and cattle grazing, relative to sheep grazing, are more ..read more
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ESMAX for spatial agroecology: A conceptual spatial model for the quantification and visualisation of ES performance from different configurations of landscape
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by Richard Morris, Shannon Davis, Gwen‐Aëlle Grelet, Pablo Gregorini
2M ago
Abstract Introduction Agriculture is confronted by the dual challenges of increasing global demand for food production while reducing negative impacts on the environment. One suggested solution is transitioning modern industrial agriculture to more agroecologically-informed practices, thus realigning increased food production with the carrying capacity of Earth Systems. The transition to multifunctional agroecological systems, that promote the production of multiple ecosystem services (ES) as well as food production, requires an adaptive management process that addresses climate-change, market ..read more
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Genotype × environment interaction and selection parameters for high yielding wheat genotypes under irrigated and heat stress environment
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by Radhakrishna Bhandari, Mukti R. Poudel
2M ago
Abstract Introduction Wheat is a significant contributor to the food and nutritional security of the world. Due to climatic constraints and heat stress condition, the potentiality of wheat to eradicate existing hunger and malnutrition has been severely limited all around the world. Materials and Methods To evaluate the performance and stability of elite wheat genotype under irrigated and heat stress environment, a field experiment was conducted during the wheat growing season of 2020, 2021 and 2022 under irrigated and heat stress environment that altogether created six distinct wheat grow ..read more
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Influence of native rhizobacteria co‐inoculation and formulation of bacterial inoculants on the growth and yield of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.)
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by Hezekiah Korir, Nancy W. Mungai, Victor W. Wasike
3M ago
Abstract Introduction Incorporation of inoculum in different carrier materials may increase the efficacy of bacterial inocula. Materials and Methods Field experiments were conducted using two strains of rhizobium and phosphate-solubilizing bacteria (PSB) and their respective combinations using different carrier materials in common bean-growing regions in three soil types in Kenya. The field experiment was laid out in a split-plot arrangement with the strain inoculations as the main plot while the subplots consisted of the carrier materials (filter mud, peat moss and yeast extract mannitol brot ..read more
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Impacts of biostimulants on crop yield and biological activity under drought conditions
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by Jenendra Wadduwage, Eleonora Egidi, Brajesh K. Singh, Catriona A. Macdonald
3M ago
Abstract Introduction Biostimulants are proposed to have a role in sustainable food production and are being increasingly used strategies to limit the negative effects of drought stress on crop yield and soil health. However, how different biostimulants used alone, or in combination with conventional management approaches affect soil health and crop yield under drought in different soils is not well understood. Here we conducted a glasshouse experiment to investigate this. Materials and Methods Two soil types from fields maintained under intensive (IM) and extensive (EM) management practices w ..read more
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Mechanical termination of a perennial grain crop minimally impacts soil structure, carbon and carbon dioxide emissions
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by Jacob Kundert, Manbir Rakkar, Jessica Gutknecht, Jacob Jungers
4M ago
Abstract Introduction Mechanical termination of crops can negatively affect soil biological, chemical, and structural characteristics. Perennial crops do not require annual termination and can improve these same soil characteristics, which has catalysed interest in the development of new perennial crops. Advanced lines of the perennial grass intermediate wheatgrass (Thinopyrum intermedium [Host] Barkworth and Dewey; IWG) have been bred for increased seed size and marketed as Kernza® perennial grain, but little is known about how this new crop can be terminated for subsequent annual crop produc ..read more
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Soil bacterial community is influenced by long‐term integrated soil fertility management practices in a Ferralsol in Western Kenya
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by Peter Bolo, Monicah Mucheru‐Muna, Romano K. Mwirichia, Michael Kinyua, George Ayaga, Job Kihara
4M ago
Abstract Introduction Soil bacterial community structure, abundance and diversity, important in biogeochemical cycling, are influenced by several anthropogenic and edaphic factors. Numerous agronomic practices have been promoted to improve soil fertility and crop production in western Kenya, but little is known on their impacts on soil microbial diversity in the region. Materials and Methods In this study, conducted in 2019, we assessed the influence of various long-term (17 years) agronomic management practices, involving application of farmyard manure (FYM) either sole or under different com ..read more
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