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Preface -- The Theoretical Basis of Agricultural Ecology -- The Evolution of Agroecological Thought -- The Methodology and Practice of Agroecology -- The Agroecosystem: Determinants, Resources, Processes, and Sustainability -- The Design of Alternative Agricultural Systems and Technologies -- Generating Sustainable Technologies Appropriate to Alternative Farming -- Designing Sustainable Agroecosystems -- Treditional Agriculture -- Ecologically Based Agricultural Development Programs -- Organic Farming -- The Alternative Production Systems. -- Polyculture Cropping Systems -- Cover Cropping and Mulching -- Crop Rotation and Minimum Tillage -- Agroforestry Systems -- Ecological Management of Insect Pests, Pathogens, and Weeds. -- Integrated Pest Management -- Weed Ecology and Management. -- Plant Disease Ecology and Management -- Pasture Management to Sustain Agriculture -- Soil Quality and Management -- Looking Ahead -- Toward Sustainable Agriculture -- About the Book and Author

About the Author

Miguel A. Altieri is associate professor and associate entomologist, labouratory of Biological Control, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California at Berkeley. He is also general coordinator of the United Nations Development Programme's Sustainable Agriculture Networking and Extension Programme and technical advisor to the Latin American Consortium on Agroecology and Development.

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