Legume Based Cropping and Soil Biodiversity Dynamics

Citation:
Karanja NK, Kimenju JM, Esilaba AO, Jefwa J, Ayuke F. "Legume Based Cropping and Soil Biodiversity Dynamics.". In: Springer Science+Business Media B.V.; 2011:.

Abstract:

The soil is home to an enormous diversity of organisms, many of which
are beneficial, while a small and equally diverse proportion contains harmful organisms.
Legume cropping and husbandry practices impact negatively or positively on
diversity. These changes in biodiversity may be quantitative and/or qualitative.
Sustainable management of diversity in soils involves an ecosystem approach which
encourages the establishment of equilibria between the organisms in the soil. It is
evident that the diversity of beneficial organisms in the soil can be harnessed to
improve and sustain crop productivity with minimal external inputs. Legumes will
continue to play a central role in the supply of plant nutrients and in the establishment
of a self-regulating ecosystem which is based on a diverse range of
organisms.

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