Characterizing Plant Communities on Canadian Permaculture Farms

dc.contributor.advisorVan Acker, Rene
dc.contributor.authorHirschfeld, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-16T15:15:18Z
dc.date.available2017-08-16T15:15:18Z
dc.date.copyright2017-07
dc.date.created2017-07-20
dc.date.issued2017-08-16
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Plant Agricultureen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
dc.degree.programmePlant Agricultureen_US
dc.description.abstractPermaculture is a promising sustainable agriculture model with representation in at least 51 countries worldwide including Canada. Little is known about the outcomes of this adoption, or permaculture generally, as empirical research has been very limited. This study is the first we are aware of to characterize plant communities on permaculture farms. Vegetation surveys were completed for 10 commercial permaculture farms in the Vancouver Island – Coast region of British Columbia, Canada in August 2016. Permaculture farms were characterized by high species diversity, which was divided among multiple unique polycultures. Farm-scale perennial species richness and abundance significantly exceeded annuals. Many ecological and agronomic studies highlight the benefits of species, functional, and landscape diversities to ecosystem services. It is strongly recommended that future research include systematic, multisite assessment of the impacts of permaculture management on ecosystem properties and functioning.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipOntario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
dc.description.sponsorshipHighly Qualified Personnel program
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10214/11424
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
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dc.subjectPermacultureen_US
dc.subjectSustainable agricultureen_US
dc.subjectPerennialen_US
dc.subjectBiodiversityen_US
dc.subjectAgroecologyen_US
dc.subjectEcosystem servicesen_US
dc.subjectLandscape designen_US
dc.subjectFunctional diversityen_US
dc.titleCharacterizing Plant Communities on Canadian Permaculture Farmsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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