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Volume 17, 2020International Scientific-Practical Conference “Agriculture and Food Security: Technology, Innovation, Markets, Human Resources” (FIES 2019)
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|Published online||28 February 2020|
Soil fertility – the only possible foundation for more sustainable agriculture
Selectia Research Institute for Field Crops, Alecu Russo Balti State University, Republic of Moldova
2 Chesnut Tree Farmhouse, Forncett End, Norfolk, UK
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
The reductionist approach to intensification of agriculture has created unanticipated economic, ecological and social consequences. Across the steppes, elimination of perennial legumes from the crop rotation and even elimination of crop rotation, large areas under black fallow, and the demise of crop and animal husbandry are draining soil fertility – and in many places loss of the soil itself. Data from long-term field experiments demonstrate the importance of perennial legumes in crop rotation for nitrogen- and water-use efficiency, accumulation of soil organic matter in deeper soil layers, and resilience in the face of drought.
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2020
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