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An Introduction to Agroforestry

Textbook

By: PK Ramachandran Nair

496 pages, Figs

Kluwer Academic Publishers

Hardback | Dec 1993 | #29304 | ISBN: 0792321340
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About this book

This college-level textbook summarizes the state of current knowledge in the rapidly expanding field of agroforestry. The book, organized into 25 chapters in six sections, reviews the developments in agroforestry during the past 15 years and describes the accomplishments in the application of biophysical (plant and soil related) and socioeconomic sciences to agroforestry. Although the major focus of the book is on the tropics, where the practice and potential of agroforestry are particularly promising, the developments in temperate zone agroforestry are also discussed. This text is recommended for students, teachers, and researchers in agroforestry, farming systems, and tropical land use.


Contents

I: Introduction. 1. The History of Agroforestry. 2. Definition and Concepts of Agroforestry. II: Agroforestry Systems and Practices. 3. Classification of Agroforestry Systems. 4. Distribution of Agroforestry Systems in the Tropics. 5. Shifting Cultivation and Improved Fallows. 6. Taungya. 7. Homegardens. 8. Plantation Crop Combinations. 9. Alley Cropping. 10. Other Agroforestry Systems and Practices. III: Agroforestry Species. 11. General Principles of Plant Productivity. 12. Agroforestry Species: the Multipurpose Trees. 13. Component Interactions. IV: Soil Productivity and Protection. 14. Tropical Soils. 15. Effects of Trees on Soils. 16. Nutrient Cycling and Soil Organic Matter. 17. Nitrogen Fixation. 18. Soil Conservation. V: Design and Evaluation of Agroforestry Systems. 19. The Diagnosis and Design (D&D) Methodology. 20. Field Experiments in Agroforestry. 21. On-Farm Research. 22. Economic Considerations. 23. Sociocultural Considerations. 24. Evaluation of Agroforestry Systems. 25. Agroforestry in the Temperate Zone. SI Units and Conversion Factors. List of Acronyms and Abbreviations.

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