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Cover for Organic carrot production.

This chapter provides information on weed control, insect and nematode control, plant disease management, soil fertility, fertilizer application, seed production, and plant breeding in an organic carrot production.

Author(s)
Colley, M.
ISBN
2020 CABI (H ISBN 9781789240955)
Type
Book chapter
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Mineral deficiencies of banana.

For optimal growth and fruit production, banana plants require high amounts of nutrients, which are often only partly supplied by the soil. Thus, to obtain high yields, large quantities of mineral nutrients have to be replaced in order to maintain soil fertility. This is achieved by applying...

Author(s)
Lahav, E.; Israeli, Y.
ISBN
2019 CAB International (H ISBN 9781780647197)
Type
Book chapter
Full TextCABI Book InfoOpen Access
Cover for Organic food systems meeting the needs of Southern Africa.

This book reports on long-term comparative organic farming systems' research trials carried out over the last 5 years in the Southern Cape of South Africa, as well as research into the successes and failures of the organic sector and the technical tools required for sustainable development in South ...

Author(s)
Auerbach, R.
ISBN
2020 CABI (H ISBN 9781786399601)
Type
Book
Full TextCABI Book Chapter InfoOpen Access
Cover for The Nelson Mandela long-term comparative organic farming systems research trials: baseline study and trial design.

The Nelson Mandela long-term comparative organic farming systems research trials (the Mandela Trials) were planned and established in 2014 with peer review from the three sites where organic comparative research has been ongoing for the past 20-30 years (Switzerland, Denmark and Pennsylvania in the ...

Author(s)
Auerbach, R.; Mashele, N. J.; Eckert, C.
ISBN
2020 CABI (H ISBN 9781786399601)
Type
Book chapter
Full TextCABI Book Chapter InfoOpen Access
Cover for Initial assessment of selected biological soil health indicators in organic versus conventional cropping systems in field trials in South Africa.

Agricultural sustainability is built on the premise of promoting soil health. Agricultural practices such as tillage, crop rotation, cover crops and fertilization have been credited with shifts in the soil food web which affects many aspects of soil health. The aim of the current study was to...

Author(s)
Sibiya, M.; Habig, J.; Storey, S.; Labuschagne, N.
ISBN
2020 CABI (H ISBN 9781786399601)
Type
Book chapter
Full TextCABI Book Chapter InfoOpen Access
Cover for Soil fertility changes and crop yields from the first 4 years of the Mandela trials.

Long-term farming systems trials (the Mandela Trials) showed that organic farming systems initially had lower yields than conventional systems in the first 2 years (20% and 31% lower, respectively). In the third (drier) year, the yield gap was closed once soils had improved biologically and...

Author(s)
Swanepoel, M.; Auerbach, R.; Mashele, N. J.
ISBN
2020 CABI (H ISBN 9781786399601)
Type
Book chapter
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Nutrition in blueberries.

This chapter examines some fundamental concepts of plant nutrition and describes the critical factors influencing blueberry nutrition. These factors include: (i) supply of nutrients from the soil (substrate); (ii) soil pH; (iii) role of ericoid mycorrhizae; (iv) determination of nutrient status;...

Author(s)
Retamales, J. B.; Hancock, J. F.
ISBN
2018 CABI (H ISBN 9781780647265)
Type
Book chapter
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Cover for Plant nutrition.

This chapter focuses on pineapple nutrient management, discussing soil sampling and analysis (for minerals, chemicals, texture, pH and liming), as well as plant tissue analysis (for nutrient concentrations). The distribution of nutrients within the plant; plant macro- and micronutrients; plant...

Author(s)
Vásquez-Jiménez, J.; Bartholomew, D. P.
ISBN
2018 CAB International (H ISBN 9781786393302)
Type
Book chapter
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Nutrition.

This chapter talks mainly about mineral substances that the vines need to grow and produce fruit. The nutrient analysis (including soil and plant analysis) and correction strategies and well as the different macronutrients (N, P, S, K, Ca and Mg) and micronutrients (Fe, Mn, Cu, Zn, Mo, B and Cl)...

Author(s)
Creasy, G. L.; Creasy, L. L.
ISBN
2018 CAB International (H ISBN 9781786391360)
Type
Book chapter
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Scaling-up of science-led development - Sir Dorabji Tata Trust initiative.

Soil health mapping in Sir Dorabji Tata Trust-supported initiative across 16 districts of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, India showed widespread deficiencies of sulfur, boron, zinc and phosphorus. Soil test-based balanced nutrient management recorded yield benefit of 10-40%, while the integrated...

Author(s)
Girish Chander; Pathak, P.; Wani, S. P.; Pardhasaradhi, G.; Dasgupta, S. K.
ISBN
2018 CAB International (H ISBN 9781786394514)
Type
Book chapter

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