Model evaluation of cover crops, application to elevens pecies for banana cropping systems

  • Authors : Tixier, P.; Lavigne, C.; Alvareza, S.; Gauquier, A.; Blanchard, M.; Ripoche, A.; Achard, R.

  • Document type : Journal article

  • Year of publication : 2011

  • Journal title : European Journal of Agronomy

  • Volume (number) : 34 (2)

  • Pages : 53-61

  • Peer-reviewed : Yes

  • ISSN : 1161-0301

  • Language(s) : English

  • Abstract : Cover crops are increasingly used for weed management. But selecting the most suitable species of cover crop to be associated with a main crop requires long-term trials. We present a model-based method that uses a reduced number of parameters to help select cover crops in the context of banana cover-cropping systems. We developed the SIMBA-CC model to focus on radiation interception. The model was calibrated for 11 cover crop species by measuring their growth in 4 m2 plots with three levels of shade (0, 50, and 75 pourcentage). The SIMBA-CC model served to predict the long term growth potential of the 11 cover crop species in function of the radiation under the banana crop canopy. The model was validated using three species in association with banana plants.


  • Open access : No

  • Document on publisher's site : close View article on publisher's site

  • Musalit document ID : IN110005

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