Advances in Integrated Crop–Livestock Systems Research

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Farming Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2024 | Viewed by 152

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Rural Development Institute of Paraná-IAPAR-Emater, Av. Euzébio de Queirós, s/n°, CP 129, Ponta Grossa 84001-970, PR, Brazil
Interests: ecology; grasslands; integrated crop–livestock systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the years, intensive monoculture in agricultural areas has led to negative environmental impacts, such as rising atmo­spheric greenhouse gas concentrations, water-quality degradation, decreasing groundwater levels, a loss of biodiversity, soil erosion, and land degradation. This continued decline in environmental quality will create food security problems in the near future since the resource base necessary for food production is in the process of degradation. Hence, the agricultural community is facing its greatest question to date: how can food production be increased to maintain food security and, at the same time, to protect and restore environmental quality? In this respect, integrated crop–livestock systems have been encouraged worldwide as they align with the principles of cleaner production, and optimize the productivity per unit of the natural resource.

In this Special Issue, we aim to exchange knowledge on any aspects related to integrated crop–livestock systems, thus facilitating their introduction to improve crop/animal production in these more complex systems and to adequately take advantage of their ecological benefits.

Dr. Laíse Pontes
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • ecological intensification
  • ecosystem services
  • system fertilization
  • nutrient cycling
  • soil quality
  • animal production
  • productivity

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Adoption level and the role of rural credit for integrated crop-livestock systems with trees in Brazil 

Anathan Bichel, Laise da Silveira Pontes, Gabriela Gomes Mantovani, Tiago Santos Telles


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