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Abstract

Intercropping eucalypts with beans in Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Abstract

Establishment costs of short rotation eucalypt plantations can be reduced by intercropping in the early stages. This paper reports an agroforestry system of beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) intercropped with Eucalyptus grandis at the time of establishment. Tree growth and survival were unaffected and no diseases or pests were detected in either the forest or crop species. Production of intercropped beans was higher than that of monoculture beans, indicating the presence of complementary interactions. The system also provides an alternative land use for rural landholders located near major forest industry developments.