Definitions

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  • noun A conceptual model of an agricultural system (crop, farm or whole economy), relating its functions to its inputs and outputs.

Etymologies

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agro- +‎ ecosystem

Examples

  • On the former, areas of research that USDA is neglecting include long-term agroecosystem trials; the characteristics, barriers, and opportunities for the growth and development of local and regional food systems; public plant and animal breeding (all the non-biotech plant and animal research); organic agriculture; the sustainability of biofuel and bioenergy production; and rural development, just to name a few.

    Paula Crossfield: A New Direction on Research at the USDA? The Experts Weigh In

  • On the former, areas of research that USDA is neglecting include long-term agroecosystem trials; the characteristics, barriers, and opportunities for the growth and development of local and regional food systems; public plant and animal breeding (all the non-biotech plant and animal research); organic agriculture; the sustainability of biofuel and bioenergy production; and rural development, just to name a few.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • The difference with this approach to genetic engineering is that instead of manipulating the seed genetics of one cultivar at a time, agroecology manages whole agroecosystem functions to improve farm performance.

    Eric Holt Gimenez: Perpetuating the Eternal Food Fight

  • In collaboration with Professor Cutler J. Cleveland (Boston University) and Jeff Frank (Indigo Systems Corporation), and Gary McCracken (University of Tennessee), we are using infrared thermal imaging to census bats as they emerge nightly from caves, NEXRAD II Doppler radar to assess landscape patterns of nightly dispersal, and economic modeling to assess the impact that this insectivorous species has on a major agroecosystem in Texas.

    Contributor: Thomas Kunz

  • Inc. Biodiversity, profitability, and vegetation structure in a Mexican coffee agroecosystem [An article from: Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment] by C. Gordon

    Planting bio-fuels, in Rwanda, while Rwandans go hungry

  • For the proactive TechnoGarden and Adapting Mosaic scenarios, however, the development of technologies and skills for agroecosystem management could lead to restoration of wetlands.

    Ecosystems and Human Well-being~ Wetlands and Water~ Summary for Decision-makers

  • For TechnoGarden and Adapting Mosaic, however, the development of technologies and skills for agroecosystem management could induce restoration of wetlands.

    Ecosystems and Human Well-being~ Wetlands and Water~ Wetlands and Water~ Ecosystems and Human Well-being

  • All of these practices however may be summarized by saying that the addition of woody species to an agroecosystem has the potential to change both the physical structure of the ecosystem as well as the flow and retention of nutrients in the ecosystem.

    Agroforestry

  • Agriculture transformed from an agroecosystem culture of relatively self-sufficient communities to an agroindustrial culture of many separate, distant actors linked by global markets.

    An Introduction to Ecological Economics~ Chapter 2

  • A flooded rice field is an agroecosystem that is frequently disturbed by farming practices, i.e. tillages, irrigation, fertilization, crop establishment and weeding, as well as by natural phenomena such as rainfall and flooding, which result in extreme instability on a short time scale during the crop cycle, but relative stability on a long time scale.

    Chapter 7

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