Management of service crops for the provision of ecosystem services in vineyards: A review

Garcia Leo, Celette Florian, Gary Christian, Ripoche Aude, Valdes-Gómez Hector, Metay Aurélie. 2018. Management of service crops for the provision of ecosystem services in vineyards: A review. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 251 : pp. 158-170.

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Quartile : Outlier, Sujet : AGRICULTURE, MULTIDISCIPLINARY / Quartile : Q1, Sujet : ECOLOGY / Quartile : Q2, Sujet : ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Abstract : Service crops are crops grown with the aim of providing non-marketed ecosystem services, i.e. differing from food, fiber and fuel production. Vineyard soils face various agronomic issues such as poor organic carbon levels, erosion, fertility losses, and numerous studies have highlighted the ability of service crops to address these issues. In addition to their ability to increase soil organic matter and fertility, and reduce runoff and erosion processes, service crops provide a large variety of ecosystem services in vineyards such as weed control, pest and disease regulation, water supply, water purification, improvement of field trafficability and maintenance of soil biodiversity. However, associating service crops with grapevines may also generate disservices and impair grape production: competition for soil resources with the grapevine is often highlighted to reject such association. Consequently, vinegrowers have to find a balance between services and disservices, depending on local soil and climate conditions, on their objectives of grape production and on the nature and temporality of the ecosystem services they expect during the grapevine cycle. This study proposes a review of the services and disservices provided by service crops in vineyards, and a framework for their management. Vinegrowers' production objectives and pedoclimatic constraints form the preliminary stage to consider before defining a strategy of service crop management. This strategy assembles management options such as the choice of species, its spatial distribution within the vineyard, the timing of its installation, maintenance and destruction. These management options, defined for both annual and long-term time scales, form action levers which may impact cropping system functioning. Finally, we underline the importance of implementing an adaptive strategy at the seasonal time scale. Such tactical management allows adapting the cropping system to observed climate and state of the biophysical system during the grapevine cycle, in order to provide targeted services and achieve satisfactory production objectives.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Vitis vinifera, Plante de couverture, Agriculture durable, agroécologie, Agroécosystème, services écosystémiques, Fertilité du sol, Propriété physicochimique du sol, Désherbage, Protection des plantes, Microclimat, Facteur climatique, Lutte antipollution

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : France

Mots-clés complémentaires : Plante de services

Mots-clés libres : Cover crop, Sustainable viticulture, Agroecology, Ecosystem services, Trade-off management

Classification Agris : F08 - Cropping patterns and systems
P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
H01 - Protection of plants - General aspects

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 1 (2014-2018) - Agriculture écologiquement intensive

Agence(s) de financement européenne(s) : European Commission

Programme de financement européen : FP7

Projet(s) de financement européen(s) : Coordination of European Transnational Research in Organic Food and Farming Systems

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Garcia Leo, CIRAD-PERSYST-UMR SYSTEM (FRA) - auteur correspondant
  • Celette Florian, UCLB (FRA) - auteur correspondant
  • Gary Christian, INRA (FRA)
  • Valdes-Gómez Hector, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (CHL)
  • Metay Aurélie, Montpellier SupAgro (FRA)

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