This talk will give an overview of research at the James Hutton Institute and in an EU project DIVERSify to develop innovative cropping approaches for agricultural sustainability. It will report research to improve overall biodiversity (e.g. intercropping, variety mixtures, management of non-crop components) and soil cultivation (e.g. direct drilling, reduced chemical inputs) and assess their impacts on crop productivity and disease management. It will summarise the utility of these approaches and how they could be integrated to improve the sustainability and resilience of the cropping system.
See more about the Horizon2020 ‘DIVERSify’ project: www.plant-teams.eu