Ecology and the agricultural sciences: a false dichotomy?
Analysis of the relationship between ecology and agriculture requires an understanding of how the two areas see themselves and each other. Both disciplines have common roots in botany, chemistry, physics, and geology, and in the interactions among both biotic and abiotic factors. Agriculture has long been recognized as an applied science with interdisciplinary traditions that involve the recognition that some of its management techniques are as much an art as a science. The opportunity for the ecologist in modern agriculture, then, is to provide concepts and principles that can be used as tools ...
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