Key features:

  • Reviews the development of agroecology in China, including research, practice, management, and education regarding challenges for rural and agricultural progress
  • Presents information from sources not readily available in the West about agricultural development in China during the last several decades
  • Provides models and indicates starting points for future research and practice
  • Addresses how to meet future challenges of agroecosystems from the field to the table in China from scientific, technological, and management perspectives

    During the past 30 years, industrialization has fundamentally changed traditional rural life and agricultural practices in China. While the incomes of farmers have increased, serious issues have been raised concerning the environment, resource depletion, and food safety. In response, the Chinese government and Chinese scientists encouraged eco-agriculture, the practice of agroecology principles and philosophy, as a way to reduce the negative consequences of large-scale industrialized systems of farming.

    Agroecology in China: Science, Practice, and Sustainable Management represents the work of experts and leaders who have taught, researched, and expanded Chinese agroecology and eco-agriculture for more than 30 years. It reviews decades of agricultural change to provide an integrated analysis of the progress of research and development in agroecological farming practices.

    The book contains research on traditional and newly developed agricultural systems in China, including intercropping systems, rainfall harvest systems, and rice–duck, rice–fish, and rice–frog co-culture systems. It covers current eco-agriculture practices in the major regions of China according to climate conditions. The book closes with a discussion of the major technical approaches, necessary policy support, and possible major development stages that must occur to allow broader agroecological implementations toward the sustainability of future food systems in China.

    Presenting eco-agriculture systems that are somewhat unique in comparison to those of the United States, Latin America, and Europe, Agroecology in China gives insight on how Chinese agroecologists, under the political and cultural systems specific to China, have created a strong foundation for ecologically sound agroecosystem design and management that can be applied and adapted to food systems elsewhere in the world. By using selected regional examinations of agroecological efforts in China as examples, this book provides models of how to conduct research on a broad range of agroecosystems found worldwide.

    part I|35 pages

    An Overview

    chapter 1|33 pages

    Agroecology Development in China

    ByLuo Shiming

    part II|252 pages

    Agroecology Research and Practice on a Crop-Field Scale

    chapter 2|21 pages

    How Above-and Below-Ground Interspecific Interactions between Intercropped Species Contribute to Overyielding and Efficient Resource Utilization

    A Review of Research in China
    ByLi Long, Zhang Weiping, Zhang Lizhen

    chapter 4|28 pages

    Integrated Rice–Fish Agroecosystems in China

    ByChen Xin

    chapter 5|28 pages

    Rice–Duck Co-Culture in China and Its Ecological Relationships and Functions

    ByZhang Jiaen, Quan Guoming, Zhao Benliang, Liang Kaiming, Qin Zhong

    chapter 7|36 pages

    Research on and Application of Rice Allelopathy and Crop Allelopathic Autotoxicity in China

    ByLin Wenxiong, Fang Changxun, Wu Linkun, Lin Sheng

    chapter 8|23 pages

    Structure and Function of Grass-Covered Orchards in Fujian Province, China

    ByWeng Boqi, Wang Yixiang

    chapter 10|30 pages

    Framework for Conversion

    Ecological Mechanisms and Regulation of Greenhouse Organic Vegetable Production in North China
    ByLi Ji, Xu Ting, Hui Han, Ding Guoying, Li Yufei, Wang Xi, Yang Hefa, Li Shengnan

    part III|127 pages

    Regional Eco-Agricultural Practice and Management

    chapter 11|9 pages

    Status quo and Development Policies of Organic Agriculture in China

    ByWu Wenliang, Qiao Yuhui, Meng Fanqiao, Li Ji, Guo Yanbin, Li Huafen

    chapter 13|36 pages

    Agroecology Research and Practice in the Oasis Region, Northwest China

    BySu Peixi, Xie Tingting

    chapter 14|32 pages

    Ecological Agriculture on Arid, Sloped Land in Yunnan Dry–Hot Valley

    ByJi Zhonghua, Tan Fengxiao

    chapter 15|16 pages

    Eco-Agricultural Practices of State Farms in Heilongjiang Province

    ByWang Hongyan, Wang Daqing, Dai Lin, Ying Nie, An Menglong, Xu Maomao, Cao Can

    chapter 16|17 pages

    Developing Agroecology Practice in Baiquan County

    ByWang Shuqing

    part IV|17 pages


    chapter 17|15 pages

    Development and Prospect of China’s Eco-Agriculture—Agroecology Practice

    ByWu Wenliang, Li Ji, Wang Jian, Zhao Guishen, Du Zhangliu, Liang Long