How can we meet the increasing food demand in a sustainable way? How can we merge agricultural production and ecology? A possible answer to these questions is agroforestry.
Agroforestry is the deliberate growing of woody perennials on the same unit of land as agricultural crops and/or animals, either in some form of spatial mixture or sequence.J.C. Dagar & V.P. Tewari (2017)
Within my PhD I focus on shade effects in temperate silvoarable agroforestry systems, i.e. agricultural systems where widely spaced trees are intercropped with annual crops. I focus on shade because particularly in temperate climates farmers fear competition for light to reduce their yields and are thus hesitant to adopt this agricultural practice.
My first paper is “in the pipeline”. I will release the publication link here as soon as it is time.