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ag·ro·e·col·o·gy

 (ăg′rō-ĭ-kŏl′ə-jē)
n.
The application of ecology to agriculture, as in the conservation of soil and water resources, the minimization of pollution, and the use of natural fertilizers and pesticides.

ag′ro·ec′o·log′i·cal (-ĕk′ə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl, -ē′kə-) adj.
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'These trade-offs may also occur at the agroecosystem level when, for example, the decrease in GHG emissions is made at the expense of other environmental impacts,' explains Nadine Andrieu, the lead author of the article.
Avian assemblages in lowland and foothill agroecosystem in Lesotho.
The knowledge about the organisms that occur in the mango culture is of fundamental importance for the establishment of integrated pest management programs, as it enables the identification of pest insects and natural enemies, and contributes to the understanding of the relationships among species in the agroecosystem (DUARTE et al., 2013).
Insects are one of the many components of an agroecosystem and many entomologists, the people who study insects, say humans are not fully aware of the huge diversity of insect species, especially in farms and their functions in the ecosystem.
Agricultural intensification, soil biodiversity and agroecosystem function in the tropics: The role of decomposer biota.
"This is important as the new tool can be used to investigate the two-way feedback between an agroecosystem and a climate system in our future studies."
Moreover, many insecticides used to control CLM have resulted in the death of predatory wasps or at least reduced wasp activity (FERNANDES et al., 2013), resulting in losses to the coffee agroecosystem, in which wasps are important natural enemies of CLM (TUELHER et al., 2003; PEREIRA et al., 2007; SCALON et al., 2011).
In intensively managed agricultural landscapes, the maintenance of undisturbed linear habitat networks can attenuate the effects of agricultural intensification by providing suitable habitats for small mammal populations, contributing to the maintenance of agroecosystem biodiversity.
At the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), current efforts like the Long-Term Agroecosystem Research network are adding to our understanding of both long-term and short-term responses to management methods.
All this can be encapsulated in the aforementioned concept of agrobiosystem developed in 1961, and the subsequent concept of agroecosystem. This ecological-anthropological approach led to his support for the conservation of species, spaces and landscapes.