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Below-ground interactions in tropical agroecosystems: concepts and models with multiple plant components.

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This book provides a synthesis of plant-soil-plant interactions from the plot to landscape scale. It focuses on the process level, which is relevant to many types of multispecies agroecosystems (agroforestry, intercropping and others). It also links basic research to practical application (and indigenous knowledge) in a wide range of systems with or without trees, and considers implications of bel...


Chapter 10 (Page no: 171)

Catching and competing for mobile nutrients in soils.

This paper discusses the factors determining nutrient transport in, and losses from, soil solutions (in uniform and heterogeneous soil conditions), and investigates ways to describe how plants compete for nutrients or act as safety nets (in the form of cation and anion retardation mechanisms), with examples from recent research. The scope of WANULCAS (water, nutrient, light capture in agroforestry systems) model which describes the flow of water through macropores that bypasses the soil solution contained in the soil matrix, is given. Sensitivity analysis of the impact of macroporosity on hedgerow intercropping systems in Lampung, Indonesia is provided. In addition, the below-ground competition in HYPAR which models the growth of trees and crops in agroforestry systems is discussed.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Ecological interactions in multispecies agroecosystems: concepts and rules. Author(s): Ong, C. K. Kho, R. M. Radersma, S.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 17) Locally derived knowledge of soil fertility and its emerging role in integrated natural resource management. Author(s): Joshi, L. Shrestha, P. K. Moss, C. Sinclair, F. L.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 41) Models of below-ground interactions: their validity, applicability and beneficiaries. Author(s): Matthews, R. Noordwijk, M. van Gijsman, A. J. Cadisch, G.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 61) Tree root architecture. Author(s): Akinnifesi, F. K. Rowe, E. C. Livesley, S. J. Kwesiga, F. R. Vanlauwe, B. Alegre, J. C.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 83) Crop and tree root-system dynamics. Author(s): Noordwijk, M. van Rahayu, S. Williams, S. E. Hairiah, K. Khasanah, N. Schroth, G.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 109) Opportunities for capture of deep soil nutrients. Author(s): Buresh, R. J. Rowe, E. C. Livesley, S. J. Cadisch, G. Mafongoya, P.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 127) Phosphorus dynamics and mobilization by plants. Author(s): Grierson, P. F. Smithson, P. Nziguheba, G. Radersma, S. Comerford, N. B.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 143) Managing soil acidity and aluminium toxicity in tree-based agroecosystems. Author(s): Wong, M. T. F. Hairiah, K. Alegre, J.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 157) Uptake, partitioning and redistribution of water by roots in mixed-species agroecosystems. Author(s): Smith, M. Burgess, S. S. O. Suprayogo, D. Lusiana, B. Widianto
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 193) Below-ground inputs: relationships with soil quality, soil C storage and soil structure. Author(s): Albrecht, A. Cadisch, G. Blanchart, E. Sitompul, S. M. Vanlauwe, B.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 209) Soil-atmosphere gas exchange in tropical agriculture: contributions to climate change. Author(s): Verchot, L. V. Mosier, A. Baggs, E. M. Palm, C.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 227) Benefiting from N2-fixation and managing rhizobia. Author(s): Mafongoya, P. L. Giller, K. E. Odee, D. Gathumbi, S. Ndufa, S. K. Sitompul, S. M.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 243) Managing mycorrhiza in tropical multispecies agroecosystems. Author(s): Kuyper, T. W. Cardoso, I. M. Onguene, N. A. Murniati Noordwijk, M. van
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 263) Nematodes and other soilborne pathogens in agroforestry. Author(s): Desaeger, J. Rao, M. R. Bridge, J.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 285) Soil biodiversity and food webs. Author(s): Susilo, F. X. Neutel, A. M. Noordwijk, M. van Hairiah, K. Brown, G. Swift, M. J.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 309) Managing below-ground interactions in agroecosystems. Author(s): Rao, M. R. Schroth, G. Williams, S. E. Namirembe, S. Schaller, M. Wilson, J.
Chapter: 18 (Page no: 329) Managing movements of water, solutes and soil: from plot to landscape scale. Author(s): Ranieri, S. B. L. Stirzaker, R. Suprayogo, D. Purwanto, E. Willigen, P. de Noordwijk, M. van
Chapter: 19 (Page no: 349) Soil and water movement: combining local ecological knowledge with that of modellers when scaling up from plot to landscape level. Author(s): Joshi, L. Schalenbourg, W. Johansson, L. Khasanah, N. Stefanus, E. Fagerström, M. H. Noordwijk, M. van
Chapter: 20 (Page no: 365) Challenges for the next decade of research on below-ground interactions in tropical agroecosystems: client-driven solutions at landscape scale. Author(s): Noordwijk, M. van Cadisch, G. Ong, C. K.