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Crops better when grown together

Sustainability and resilience are priorities in agriculture. A new analysis of four experiments with a combined 46 years of data shows that intercropping — growing multiple crops together — can increase yields, yield stability and soil fertility.

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Fig. 1: Maize intercropped with faba bean.

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Ryan, M.R. Crops better when grown together. Nat Sustain 4, 926–927 (2021).

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