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dc.contributor.advisorMix, Ken
dc.contributor.authorNewton, Joshua
dc.date.accessioned2019-02-15T16:45:41Z
dc.date.available2019-02-15T16:45:41Z
dc.date.issued2018-11-20
dc.date.submittedDecember 2018
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/7889
dc.description.abstractSmall-hold farmers practice various styles of intercropping around the world; their management of biodiversity has been linked to higher ecological resilience and productivity in comparison with monoculture systems. Agroecologists have studied on-farm biodiversity and intercropping systems to understand the myriad of ecosystem services they provide; properly designed intercrop systems have been shown to increase resource use efficiency, rehabilitate agricultural ecosystems, and increase overall production. The right combination and arrangement of cultivars or species can offer complementary and facilitative interactions between plants creating an environment where they are able to exceed the performance of their monoculture counterparts. Varying vegetative and root architectures allow plants to make more efficient use of radiation, water, and nutrients; as well as functioning as pest management systems. This project was a summer intercrop system of okra, melon, and lima beans. The land equivalence ratio (LER) of the system was calculated by block and an LER was calculated for the entire field using means of treatment plot yields. The null-hypothesis that there is no significant difference between the intercrop and monocrop yields of okra pods and biomass was tested using ANOVA.
dc.formatText
dc.format.extent37 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectAgroecology
dc.subjectBiodiversity
dc.subjectLand equivalent ratio
dc.subjectLand equivalence ratio
dc.subjectOkra
dc.subjectMelon
dc.subjectCantaloupe
dc.subjectBeans
dc.subjectLima bean
dc.subjectEdisto 47
dc.subjectClemson spineless
dc.subjectHenderson bush
dc.subjectStrip crop
dc.subjectRelay crop
dc.subjectLER
dc.subjectCompanion planting
dc.subjectIntercrop
dc.subjectIntercropping
dc.subjectPolycrop
dc.subjectPolycropping
dc.subjectPolyculture
dc.subjectSustainable agriculture
dc.subjectTexas
dc.subjectSan Marcos
dc.subjectSummer
dc.subjectVegetable
dc.subjectSmall-hold
dc.subjectIntensive
dc.subjectGarden
dc.subjectFarm
dc.subjectAgriculture
dc.subjectMarket garden
dc.subject.lcshAgricultural ecologyen_US
dc.subject.lcshSustainable developmenten_US
dc.subject.lcshIntercroppingen_US
dc.titleAn Intercrop Trial of Okra-Melon-Lima Bean
txstate.documenttypeThesis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSchwinning, Susan
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWagner, Nicole
thesis.degree.departmentSociology
thesis.degree.disciplineSustainability Studies
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science
txstate.departmentSociology


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