The science of crop diversification

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Tuesday 06 December 2022

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Online and in person at: Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Wolston Ln, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry, CV8 3LG



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Crop diversification offers a highly promising route toward sustainable, resilient agriculture. It can improve farm productivity, stability, and profitability as well as human nutrition, while also reducing requirements for labour and chemical inputs. The mechanisms underpinning these positive outcomes are well understood in theory, but in practice are not always easy to achieve. A deeper consideration of the relationships between biophysical and socioeconomic aspects of crop diversification is needed to make it a more powerful tool for sustainable agriculture. This talk will explore current research topics around making diversification work better for farmers and the environment.


Dr Chloe MacLaren is a Cropping Systems Ecologist at Rothamsted Research in the UK, and completed her PhD at CAWR in 2018. Her research explores how interactions between plants and their environments can help to design more sustainable agroecosystems. In particular, she works on crop diversification and weed management, with a focus on farming systems in sub-Saharan Africa.


For enquiries please contact Katharina Dehnen-Schmutz