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INTERCROP Report Summary

Project ID: QLK5-CT-2002-02352
Funded under: FP5-LIFE QUALITY
Country: Italy

Evidence for agronomic advantages of intercropping grain legumes and cereals in European organic farming

The agronomic performances of evaluated intercropping series in different European agricultural context showed that the pea-barley intercrop is as a profitable technique in organic farming. Both additive and replacement series demonstrated yield advantage in the different climatic conditions. Confirming the suitability of spring pea-barley intercropping in North and Central Europe, the results demonstrated that yield advantage is further reached in the Mediterranean environment (Southern Italy) by growing pea-barley intercrop in spring season, that is a no-typical growing season for cereal and legume in rainfed condition. Analysis of relative variability (stability) of Land Equivalent Ratio indicated that pea-barley intercrop maintain the advantage also when pea competition is high (additive series).


Michele MONTI, (professor)
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