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Proceedings of Past Forest Nursery Association Meetings:

Enhancing Biodiversity With and Within Agroforestry Plantings
Michele M. Schoeneberger
1992: Fallen Leaf Lake, CA
Agroforestry is the deliberate introduction
of multipurpose woody perennials (MWPs) into agroecosystems
for the purpose of enhancing agricultural productivity,
natural resource conservation, and human environments. This
introduction promotes the biodiversity within the
agroecosystem and thus its sustainability. This biodiversity
is only a fraction of its potential due to the limited
number and arrangement of the MWPs currently used in
agroforestry plantings. An expanded effort in nursery and
agroforestry research and development along with nursery
production of diverse, adapted MWPs will need to be pursued
to fully capitalize on the varied economic and ecological
benefits of agroforestry.
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