Multifunctional peri-urban agriculture: some ecosystem services of a sustainable olive grove
This study reports the influence of a sustainable management model which entails the recycling of urban wastewater and distribution by drip irrigation, recycling of polygenic carbon sources internal to the olive orchard (cover crops, pruning material) on yield, soil water holding capacity, soil biodiversity. Sustainable management practices were applied for a 15-year period in a 2-ha olive orchard located in an hilly peri-urban zone of southern Italy, where olive tree represents the dominant crop and has a key role inside the traditional landscape. A comparison between sustainable and conventional management (soil tillage, burning of the pruning residues, mineral fertilization, empirical irrigation) was carried out. This study suggests some guidelines of a sustainable management of peri-urban olive groves, with benefits to the whole agro-ecosystem stability and to the near town, recognizing the multifunctional role of agriculture that enhances the creation of synergies between urban and rural areas.
Mininni, A.N., Montanaro, G., Dichio, B., Fausto, C. and Xiloyannis, C. (2018). Multifunctional peri-urban agriculture: some ecosystem services of a sustainable olive grove. Acta Hortic. 1215, 21-26
C capture, wastewater reuse, sustainable soil management, cultural heritage, local food