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Sustainability 2018, 10(9), 3131;

The Main Agroecological Structure (MAS) of the Agroecosystems: Concept, Methodology and Applications

Instituto de Estudios Ambientales (IDEA), Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia
Facultad Seccional Duitama, Escuela de Administración de Empresas Agropecuarias Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia, Duitama, Colombia
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Received: 8 May 2018 / Revised: 2 August 2018 / Accepted: 3 August 2018 / Published: 3 September 2018
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This document presents the concept of the Main Agroecological Structure of agroecosystems (MAS) from the perspective of environmental thinking (ecosystem-culture relationships) and considered as a dissipative cultural structure. It discusses the possible applications of this concept (resilience, production, diversity) both inside and outside the farms. The potential MAS can be useful in the planning processes of the farms because it allows the quantification of the internal and external corridors, including natural vegetation. At the same time, it can be an important tool in the context of landscape management because it shows a series of cultural relations (economic, social, symbolic and technological) that are normally overlooked by the partial analysis of landscape ecology. View Full-Text
Keywords: agrobiodiversity; environment; ecosystem; culture; farms; planning agrobiodiversity; environment; ecosystem; culture; farms; planning

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León-Sicard, T.E.; Toro Calderón, J.; Martínez-Bernal, L.F.; Cleves-Leguízamo, J.A. The Main Agroecological Structure (MAS) of the Agroecosystems: Concept, Methodology and Applications. Sustainability 2018, 10, 3131.

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