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Polyculture
Polyculture
is agriculture using multiple crops in the same space, providing crop diversity in imitation of the diversity of natural ecosystems, and avoiding large stands of single crops, or monoculture. It includes multi-cropping, intercropping, companion planting, beneficial weeds, and alley cropping. It is the raising at the same time and place of more than one species of plant or animal. Polyculture
Polyculture
is one of the principles of permaculture.

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1 Advantages 2 See also 3 References 4 External links

Advantages[edit] Polyculture, though it often requires more labor, has two main advantages over monoculture. Polyculture
Polyculture
reduces susceptibility to disease. For example, a study in China
China
showed that planting several varieties of rice in the same field increased yields by 89%, largely because of a dramatic (94%) decrease in the incidence of disease, which made pesticides redundant.[2] Polyculture
Polyculture
increases local biodiversity. This is one example of reconciliation ecology, or accommodating biodiversity within human landscapes. This may also form part of a biological pest control program. See also[edit]

Agriculture
Agriculture
and Agronomy portal

Agroecology Aquaponics Beneficial weeds Companion planting Forest gardening Heirloom plant Holistic management Home gardens Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture Monoculture Nurse crop

References[edit]

^ "Companion Planting Guide". Thompson & Morgan. Retrieved 14 June 2016.  ^ Youyong Zhu; et al. (2000). "Genetic Diversity and Disease Control in Rice". Nature (406): 718–722. doi:10.1038/35021046. Archived from the original on 2011-11-18. 

External links[edit]

Crop rotation and polyculture Polycultures in the Brazilian drylands Polyculture
Polyculture
and disease prevention

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