Sustainable agriculture is a key concept for scientists, researchers, and agricultural engineers alike. This book focuses on the FAM- project (FAM Munich Research Network on Agroecosystems) of the 1990s as a means to assessing, forecasting, and evaluating changes in the agroecosystems that are necessary for agricultural sustainability. The management of two separate management systems: an organic and an integrated farming system are described to provide an interdisciplinary approach Changes of matter fluxes in soils, changes of trace gas fluxes from soils, precision farming in a small scale heterogen landscape, influence of management changes on flora and fauna, as well as the development of agroecosystem models, the assessment of soil variability and the changes in nutrient status are important aspects of this book.

Key Features

* Contains detailed results and insight of a long-time project on agricultural sustainability * Provides an interdisciplinary approach for comprehensive understanding by scientists and researchers of soil, plants, agriculture, and environment * Includes an international perspective

Table of Contents

List of Contributors Preface Part I: Approaching Sustainable Agriculture 1.1 Outline of the Scheyern Project 1.1.1 Background 1.1.2 Research Station and Project Phases 1.1.3 Two Farming Systems 1.2 Sustainable Land Use by Organic and Integrated Farming Systems 1.2.1 Organic Farming System in Scheyern 1.2.2 Integrated Farming System in Scheyern 1.2.3 Discussion Part II: Management of Heterogeneous Systems 2.1 Effects of the Management System on N-, C-, P- and K-Fluxes from FAM Soils 2.1.1 Introduction 2.1.2 Materials and Methods 2.1.3 Results 2.1.4 Conclusions 2.2 Main Driving Variables and Effect of Soil Management on Climate or Ecosystem-Relevant Trace Gas Fluxes from Fields of the FAM 2.2.1 Production and Consumption of the Climaterelevant Trace Gases Nitrous Oxide and Methane in Soils 2.2.2 Important Controlling Factors for N2O Fluxes at the FAM Sites 2.2.3 Important Controlling Factors for CH4 Fluxes Mat The FAM Sites 2.2.4 Ammonia Emissions from Agricultural Land Use 2.3 Precision Farming - Adaptation of Land Use Management to Small Scale Heterogeneity 2.3.1 Basics and Objective 2.3.2 Development of Methods to Characterize Spatial Variability of Soils, Crops, and Yield 2.3.3 Development of Site-Specific Crop Production Strategies 2.3.4 Conclusions Part III: Influence of Land Use Changes on the Biotic Environment 3.1 Effects of Land Use Changes on the Plant Species Diversity in Agricultural Ecosystems 3.1.1 Introduction 3.1.2 Land Use Systems Practised in the Research Area 3.1.3 Vegetation Analysis 3.1.4 Results 3.1.5 Discussion 3.1.6 Conclusions 3.2 Long-Term Effects of Reduced Tillage on the Populations of Arable Weeds 3.2.1 Introduction


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About the authors

Peter Schroder

Affiliations and Expertise

Department Microbe-Plant Interactions, GSF-National Research Center for Environment and Health Neuherberg, Germany

J. Pfadenhauer

Affiliations and Expertise

Center of Life and Food Sciences Weihenstephan, Technical University of Munich, Germany

J. Munch

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Soil Ecology, GSF National Research Centre for the Environment and Health, Neuherberg, Germany