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University of Manitoba Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Department of Plant Science

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Natural Systems Agriculture

Within each of the following topics, you will find articles based on research carried out by the University of Manitoba and our collaborators. For a complete alphabetical list of all articles, please see the Site Map.

Participatory Plant Breeding - Participatory plant breeding aims to restore the place of farmers in crop variety development by bringing together farmers, plant breeders and other partners in the plant breeding process.

Increasing Crop Diversity - Increasing crop diversity is an important step towards cropping systems that mimic natural systems.

No-till Cropping Systems - No-till or zero-tillage farming mimics the natural system by leaving soils mostly undisturbed.

Organic Crop Production - Organic cropping systems mimic natural systems in a number of ways, including nutrient dynamics and plant associations with soil microorganisms.

Reduced Chemical Cropping Systems - Chemical use in crop production can often be reduced by using alternative pest control strategies and by growing vigourous, healthy crops.

Cover Crops and Green Manures - Cover crops and green manures add diversity to the crop rotation and can be used to "perennialize" the cropping system.

Perennial Crops in Rotation - Perennial crops are critical to any naturally-based system.

Perennial Grain Crops - If perennial crops could be grown for grain instead of only herbage, increasing perennial crop production would be much more feasible.

 

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This page created April 2008.
Updated January 2015.