On yield gains and yield gaps in wheat-maize intercropping: opportunities for sustainable increases in grain production

PhD defence

On yield gains and yield gaps in wheat-maize intercropping: opportunities for sustainable increases in grain production

PhD candidate F (Fang) Gou
Promotor prof.dr.ir. MK (Martin) van Ittersum
Co-promotor dr.ir. W (Wopke) van der Werf
Organisation Wageningen University, Centre for Crop Systems Analysis
Date

Wed 11 January 2017 16:00 to 17:30

Venue Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
362
6703 BG Wageningen
0317-483592

Short summary

Intercropping is the cultivation of two or more crop species simultaneously in the same field. Intercropping has advantages with respect to productivity, resource capture, build-up of soil organic matter, and pest and disease suppression. This thesis studied the growth and productivity of wheat-maize intercropping at organ, plant and cropping system level, and also assessed its contribution to grain production at a regional level. The findings suggest that intercropping of food crops provides opportunities to meet increasing food demands. New technologies are needed to make strip intercropping efficient in terms of labour use and breeding should pay attention to cultivars that are suitable for intercropping.