Last month we launched our newest website feature: a monthly review of selected research articles. These articles are compiled using the Scoop.it publishing platform, which allows us to directly link our viewers to the recommended journal article.
The articles featured are chosen from a review of all recent journal publications relevant to conservation agriculture. Each month, as we systematically curate CA literature for our RefWorks research database, we select a handful of articles that stand out from the most recent publications. These articles are recommended based on several qualities, including implication of findings, originality of research theme, and rigor of research design and methods. Topics often include the potential of CA for smallholders in Africa, the role of inputs in CA, the impact of CA on climate change resilience and soil carbon sequestration, soil and water resources as impacted by zero-tillage and cover cropping practices, and more.
This review aims to keep everyone interested in CA, be it farmers, researchers, policy-makers, students, extension-workers, updated on recent developments in conservation agriculture research. With this review, we also hope to draw viewers to our extensive research database of over 2,000 articles on CA. This incredible resource, which is the result of years of curation, includes Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Chinese language databases. If you’d like to look further into CA topics of the articles you read in our research review, a word-search in our database will lead you to other relevant publications.
The wealth of conservation agriculture knowledge published each month by the scientific community can be overwhelming in its entirety. Cornell Conservation Agriculture’s Recommended Research Review seeks to make valuable resources easily available and accessible to the public. As a result, we hope to increase awareness of CA’s potential as a sustainable agriculture methodology to address the social, environmental, and economic inadequacies of modern agriculture.