Increased yield in mixed cultures

mixed cultures experiment

What holds true for meadows would seem to apply to arable land, too: mixed cultures are more fruitful than monocultures. This was the outcome of an ETH Zurich research project led by Christian Schöb.

A team led by ETH Zurich Professor Christian Schöb reveales that mixed cultures actually produce a much higher yield than monocultures in arable farming. Their study was recently published in the journal Nature Plants.

Prof. Christian Schöb is a member of the Swiss Plant Science Web.

Reference publication
Chen JG, Engbersen N, Stefan L, Schmid B, Sun H, Schöb C:
Diversity increases yield but reduces reproductive effort in crop mixtures
Nature Plants, 2021, published online 24th June. Doi: 10.1038/s41477-021-00948-4

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