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Soil Syst. 2018, 2(2), 24; https://doi.org/10.3390/soilsystems2020024

The Impact of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Husbandry on the Biophysical Characteristics of Soils in Neotropical Agroecosystems

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GeoEnvironmental Research Group, University of Extremadura, 10071 Cáceres, Spain
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Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, Autonomous University of Yucatan, 4-116 Itzimná, Mérida, Mexico
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Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University, Coventry CV8 3LG, UK
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Received: 27 December 2017 / Revised: 16 April 2018 / Accepted: 17 April 2018 / Published: 19 April 2018
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Abstract

The neotropical agroecosystems are important areas in the global scene in terms of livestock production. Therefore, a good conservation of their soils is crucial in order to both guarantee food safety and reduce the impact of land degradation processes. Conservation of neotropical soils used for farming activities could be obtained using veterinary medicine and adopting new grazing systems in the last decades. A wide bibliographical review was carried out which illustrates current issues in neotropical agroecosystems, the importance of their soil properties highlighting the role played by dung beetles within the edaphofauna, and the effects of the most common anti-parasitic practices as well as some natural alternatives. Finally, we present commonly adopted grazing systems and how they are affecting soil properties and animal welfare. The conversion of forest into agricultural and pasture land is altering the biochemical quality of soils. Furthermore, the use of ivermectin is dangerously reducing the total amount of dung beetles that are a key element in nutrient recycling processes. The implementation of new grazing systems (e.g., Voisin, Savory) is progressively fragmenting the habitat of many species. Nevertheless, there are also some benefits in this kind of practices and some natural alternatives to anthelmintics are being tested. View Full-Text
Keywords: soil properties; anti-parasitic; edaphofauna soil properties; anti-parasitic; edaphofauna
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Pulido, M.; Ramírez-Avilés, L.; Solorio Sánchez, F.J.; Fiebrig, I.; Burbi, S. The Impact of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Husbandry on the Biophysical Characteristics of Soils in Neotropical Agroecosystems. Soil Syst. 2018, 2, 24.

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