Elsevier, Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, Volume 302, 15 October 2020
Pasture diversification affects soil macrofauna and soil biophysical properties in tropical (silvo)pastoral systems
The diversification of tropical pastures with legumes (trees) for increased forage and animal productivity has been advocated. Nevertheless, effects on soil quality and belowground biodiversity, and the implications for sustainable intensification remain poorly documented, particularly when cattle grazing is included in the study. We evaluated the impact of forage system diversification with herbaceous and woody legumes on soil properties and soil macrofauna communities and their spatial heterogeneity in a three-year-old field trial in Cauca Valley, Colombia.