Theme 4 Functional diversity

In the Functional diversity theme we apply evolutionary game theory (e.g. tragedy of commons, kin selection) and ecological theory to better the mechanisms that drive interactions among crop plants and interactions with other organisms (e.g., weeds, pests and pathogens) within crop ecosystems. We use this knowledge to explore opportunities for ecological intensification of agriculture by exploiting spatial and temporal diversity, e.g., by mixed species cropping (intercropping, agroforestry), crop rotation and variety mixtures.