Our research focuses on integrating management practices that minimise reliance on agrochemical inputs and optimise environmental performance for agricultural sustainability.
We have developed a suite of ecological, environmental and economic indicators to assess the response of the arable ecosystem to a change in crop management. These are being used to quantify the performance of integrated management across the arable crop rotation, including potato.
The integrated system aims to maintain crop yields with fewer non-renewable inputs while enhancing arable biodiversity for ecosystem services. This is achieved by combing conservation tillage, organic matter amendments, cover cropping, under-sowing and integrated pest management strategies.
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