Shade tolerant legumes - Improving the productivity of Mediterranean silvopastures

Silvopasture quality and productivity

In silvopastoral systems, light interception affects productivity of flora beneath the canopy in various ways. In general, herbage production decreases with reduced light intensity. Thus, the use of shade tolerant cultivars of selected species can play an important role in successful silvopastoral management.

Due to their nitrogen fixing ability, the incorporation of shade tolerant legume species may have a special role in increasing the quality and productivity of silvopastures and in enhancing soil fertility.

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