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Did you know diversity can increase:

Pest Resistance

Soil Health

Nutrient Cycling

Plant diversity can add many benefits including:

  • Increased pest and disease resistance – it is harder for pests to find suitable host in diverse cropping systems
  • Improved soil health – different root structures sequester carbon at various depths in the soil profile and attract/support different microbial communities, including mycorrhizal fungi
  • Nutrient cycling – more diverse microbial populations are engaged in the cycling of plant nutrients
  • Reduced weed pressure – due to reduction in exposed soil
  • Support pollinators – varying flowering times
  • Improved biodiversity – wider range of plant, wildlife, microbial, and insects life