Long-Term Farming Systems Research - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128181867

Long-Term Farming Systems Research

1st Edition

Ensuring Food Security in Changing Scenarios

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Editors: Gurbir Bhullar Amritbir Riar
Paperback ISBN: 9780128181867
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st June 2020
Page Count: 212
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Long-Term Farming Systems Research: Ensuring Food Security in Changing Scenarios presents the legacy and heritage of Long-Term Experiments (LTEs) in Agriculture while also addressing the challenges and potential solutions. The book discusses how LTEs form an important asset in understanding agriculture’s significant influence on life on earth. As global governments and development agencies try to achieve the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, this book’s content provides insight into the interactions of agricultural production with ecological, economic and societal aspects is of unprecedented importance.

In this regard, this book offers a thorough resource of information based on experiences from various ongoing LTEs in different parts of the world. The contextual variety and geographic diversity presented in this book makes it useful for agricultural and environmental scientists, as well as students and educators in such fields.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive resource of information generated in various LTEs across the globe, with a focus on various aspects of farming systems, crop management practices, plant, soil and human nutrition
  • Presents a holistic view on interactions of agricultural production and its relationship to the environment and society
  • Identifies challenges and lessons learned from different LTEs and provides recommendations for potential solutions


Agricultural and environmental scientists, global policy makers, NGOs, funding bodies, extensionists, educational institutions, lecturers and students in fields of environmental science and agriculture

Table of Contents

Part 1: Unique Contribution of LTEs to agricultural science
1. Unique value of long-term farming systems research for sustainable farming systems
Dr. Paul Mäder, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, (FiBL), Switzerland
2. Legacy of the Soviet era LTEs in Russian Agriculture
Vladimir Romanenkov, Lomonosov, Moscow State University, Russia
3. LTEs in tropics: contribution of SysCom program to knowledge on sustainable intensification
Dr. Noah Adamtey, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, (FiBL), Switzerland

Part 2: How to take maximum benefit out of the massive data generated in LTEs
4. Global Long-Term Experiments Network (GLTEN)
5. BonaRes Repository
Dr Meike Grosse and Dr. Carsten Hoffmann, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Germany
6. Improved methods for statistical analysis of LTE data
Prof. Thomas M. Loughin, Chair Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, Simon Fraser University
7. RothC model: 40 years in making
Michael Mielewczik, Rothamsted Research, UK

Part 3: Management challenges of LTEs
8. Russell Ranch: a place to study the impacts of farming systems and inputs on agricultural sustainability
Dr. Kate Scow, University of California, Davis, USA
9. How to decide about shutting down an LTE
Dr. John Kirkegaard, CSIRO, Australia
10. Why the LTEs in Asia remain underrepresented
Dr. M. L. Jat, Sustainable Intensification Program, CIMMYT Part 4: LTEs as platforms for education and capacity building
11. LTEs for education: experiences from France and Spain
Prof. Claire Chenu, INRA, France
12. LTE as platform for innovation development
Dr. Christian Andres, Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM – Organics International (TIPI)


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About the Editor

Gurbir Bhullar

Dr. Gurbir S. Bhullar is a farming systems experts. In his role as the theme leader for ‘sustainable agriculture in the tropics’ at the ‘Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland’. He is leading a Long-Term Farming Systems Comparison (SysCom) Program, comprising a series of LTEs across tropical countries focussed on comparing different farming systems for their agronomic, economic and ecological performance. This offers him first-hand experience and expertise in long-termfarming systems research in context to the contemporary challenges faced by the small holder farming communities, particularly in less-privileged parts of the world. In 2018, these field trials, located in Kenya, India and Bolivia, complete 12 years of their existence.

Affiliations and Expertise

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland

Amritbir Riar

Dr. Amritbir Riar is a Senior Scientist and Global leader of Seeding the Green Future Program

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of International Cooperation, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Frick, Switzerland

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