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BOOK REVIEW: Trees, Crops and Soil Fertility: Concepts and Research Methods

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Abstract:

Up until about 20 years ago, agroforestry literature was generally vague and descriptive–“trees are good and farmers and graziers should plant more of them.” Existing systems, especially ones developed in the tropics, were described, but usually not systematically studied, and an overall optimism about the benefits of trees on farms prevailed. Many years were spent in international research and development projects promoting “agroforestry,” particularly the use of nitrogen-fixing, multiple-use (products and services) trees, especially Leucaena leucocephala. Often farmers have not taken up the recommended systems. Although they may not have phrased it in academic language, their basic objections were something like, “aggressive fast-growing trees will take up space and compete with crops or pasture for water, nutrients, or light; and the benefit-to-cost ratio, at least in the short term, is not favorable.”

Keywords: environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources

Document Type: Book Review

Affiliations: Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Forestry School of Environmental Science and Management Southern Cross University Lismore NSW Australia 2480

Publication date: 2005-02-01

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
    Forest Science is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.702
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    June 1, 2016 to Feb. 28, 2017

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