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Competition effects and economic scenarios in an agroforestry system with cereal crops and wood plantations: a case study in the Po Valley (Italy)

Laura Rosso, Simone Cantamessa   , Pier Mario Chiarabaglio, Domenico Coaloa

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 14, Issue 5, Pages 421-425 (2021)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor3842-014
Published: Sep 15, 2021 - Copyright © 2021 SISEF

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This study aims to evaluate the economic feasibility of agroforestry management in temperate latitudes. The surveys carried out in 1971 by Prevosto on the yields of wheat and rice combined with poplars was revised with updated prices to assess whether an agroforestry system can positively influence farm incomes. Based on Prevosto’s dataset, four scenarios were simulated with poplar clone I-214, assuming four different positions of the poplar row (along the field borders, towards the cardinal points) and the relative shadows. The results show that the agroforestry system is economically advantageous, especially for wheat, and is directly related to wood price. The achievable benefits could be more significant with political and financial support that promotes these practices, taking into account the fundamental ecosystem services they provide.

  Keywords


Agroforestry, Poplar, Cereal Crop, Shading Effect, Tree Row Orientation, Economic Evaluation, Threshold Area Convenience

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Laura Rosso
Simone Cantamessa
Pier Mario Chiarabaglio 0000-0002-3610-5395
Domenico Coaloa 0000-0002-4009-7850
CREA Research Centre for Forestry and Wood, str. Frassineto 35, I-15033 Casale Monferrato, AL (Italy)

Corresponding author

 
Simone Cantamessa
simone.cantamessa@crea.gov.it

Citation

Rosso L, Cantamessa S, Chiarabaglio PM, Coaloa D (2021). Competition effects and economic scenarios in an agroforestry system with cereal crops and wood plantations: a case study in the Po Valley (Italy). iForest 14: 421-425. - doi: 10.3832/ifor3842-014

Academic Editor

Gianfranco Minotta

Paper history

Received: Apr 09, 2021
Accepted: Jul 13, 2021

First online: Sep 15, 2021
Publication Date: Oct 31, 2021
Publication Time: 2.13 months

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