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Below-ground interactions in tropical agroecosystems: concepts and models with multiple plant components.

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This book provides a synthesis of plant-soil-plant interactions from the plot to landscape scale. It focuses on the process level, which is relevant to many types of multispecies agroecosystems (agroforestry, intercropping and others). It also links basic research to practical application (and indigenous knowledge) in a wide range of systems with or without trees, and considers implications of bel...


Chapter 2 (Page no: 17)

Locally derived knowledge of soil fertility and its emerging role in integrated natural resource management.

This paper discusses the terminology and approaches that surround research on local knowledge, which reveal important differences in the emphasis of research following anthropological, as opposed to natural science, traditions. Results from three case studies undertaken in Nepal, Ghana and Indonesia were used to illustrate key points about local knowledge concerned with soil classification, soil fertility and below-ground interactions. Local knowledge of soils can be useful in agricultural development through building on local practice, recognizing the sophistication of local knowledge and realizing its limitations. These aspects are cemented by the integrating principle of effective communication and empowerment. In addition, formal methods for knowledge acquisition, as well as exploration and use of local knowledge with regard to respect, ethics and intellectual property rights, are discussed.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Ecological interactions in multispecies agroecosystems: concepts and rules. Author(s): Ong, C. K. Kho, R. M. Radersma, S.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 41) Models of below-ground interactions: their validity, applicability and beneficiaries. Author(s): Matthews, R. Noordwijk, M. van Gijsman, A. J. Cadisch, G.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 61) Tree root architecture. Author(s): Akinnifesi, F. K. Rowe, E. C. Livesley, S. J. Kwesiga, F. R. Vanlauwe, B. Alegre, J. C.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 83) Crop and tree root-system dynamics. Author(s): Noordwijk, M. van Rahayu, S. Williams, S. E. Hairiah, K. Khasanah, N. Schroth, G.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 109) Opportunities for capture of deep soil nutrients. Author(s): Buresh, R. J. Rowe, E. C. Livesley, S. J. Cadisch, G. Mafongoya, P.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 127) Phosphorus dynamics and mobilization by plants. Author(s): Grierson, P. F. Smithson, P. Nziguheba, G. Radersma, S. Comerford, N. B.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 143) Managing soil acidity and aluminium toxicity in tree-based agroecosystems. Author(s): Wong, M. T. F. Hairiah, K. Alegre, J.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 157) Uptake, partitioning and redistribution of water by roots in mixed-species agroecosystems. Author(s): Smith, M. Burgess, S. S. O. Suprayogo, D. Lusiana, B. Widianto
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 171) Catching and competing for mobile nutrients in soils. Author(s): Cadisch, G. Willigen, P. de Suprayogo, D. Mobbs, D. C. Noordwijk, M. van Rowe, E. C.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 193) Below-ground inputs: relationships with soil quality, soil C storage and soil structure. Author(s): Albrecht, A. Cadisch, G. Blanchart, E. Sitompul, S. M. Vanlauwe, B.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 209) Soil-atmosphere gas exchange in tropical agriculture: contributions to climate change. Author(s): Verchot, L. V. Mosier, A. Baggs, E. M. Palm, C.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 227) Benefiting from N2-fixation and managing rhizobia. Author(s): Mafongoya, P. L. Giller, K. E. Odee, D. Gathumbi, S. Ndufa, S. K. Sitompul, S. M.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 243) Managing mycorrhiza in tropical multispecies agroecosystems. Author(s): Kuyper, T. W. Cardoso, I. M. Onguene, N. A. Murniati Noordwijk, M. van
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 263) Nematodes and other soilborne pathogens in agroforestry. Author(s): Desaeger, J. Rao, M. R. Bridge, J.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 285) Soil biodiversity and food webs. Author(s): Susilo, F. X. Neutel, A. M. Noordwijk, M. van Hairiah, K. Brown, G. Swift, M. J.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 309) Managing below-ground interactions in agroecosystems. Author(s): Rao, M. R. Schroth, G. Williams, S. E. Namirembe, S. Schaller, M. Wilson, J.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 329) Managing movements of water, solutes and soil: from plot to landscape scale. Author(s): Ranieri, S. B. L. Stirzaker, R. Suprayogo, D. Purwanto, E. Willigen, P. de Noordwijk, M. van
Chapter: 19 (Page no: 349) Soil and water movement: combining local ecological knowledge with that of modellers when scaling up from plot to landscape level. Author(s): Joshi, L. Schalenbourg, W. Johansson, L. Khasanah, N. Stefanus, E. Fagerström, M. H. Noordwijk, M. van
Chapter: 20 (Page no: 365) Challenges for the next decade of research on below-ground interactions in tropical agroecosystems: client-driven solutions at landscape scale. Author(s): Noordwijk, M. van Cadisch, G. Ong, C. K.