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Welcome to the Agroecologist Incognito blog.  I am an agroecologist by training, and with this blog I hope to make an independent contribution to the discourse on agroecology and sustainable agriculture.

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in sickness

We often treat disease as an exception, a departure from the ordinary state of things. Thanks to public health infrastructure such as sewage treatment, restaurant inspections, and ventilation standards, we live disease-free for long intervals and don’t spend our all waking moments bracing for the cough that could signal misery, isolation, or death. Public health …

Phytophthora man

  Recent Ph.D. graduate Tyler Bourret is a phytophthorologist to watch out for. In his nascent career Dr. Bourret has pushed the boundaries of knowledge about that peculiar group of organisms known as Phytophthora. Once believed to be a type of fungus, Phytophthora is actually a fungal-like organism descended from algae, a member of a …

the magic of monoculture

The usual agroecological practices for preventing soilborne disease are well known: crop rotation, addition of organic matter and compost, sanitation of tools and plant materials, promotion of good soil structure, prudent water management, use of resistant varieties. Add to that list an incongruous entry — continuous monoculture. When the same crop gets hammered by the …