Sugar Tech

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 154–162 | Cite as

Nutrient Decomposition Rate and Sugarcane Yield as Influenced by Mung Bean Intercropping and Crop Residue Recycling

  • Tie-Guang He
  • Li-Rong SuEmail author
  • Yang-Rui LiEmail author
  • Tian-Ming Su
  • Fang Qin
  • Qin Li
Research Article


Intercropping and crop residue recycling are intensively applied to enhance the utilization of resources in agricultural systems. To determine the effects of sugarcane and a newly bred mung bean variety intercropping and mung bean crop residue recycling on sugarcane growth and soil, a two-year field study was conducted in Guangxi, China, from 2015 to 2016. The results showed that the sugarcane and mung bean intercropping and mung bean crop residue recycling could improve the growth and the production of sugarcane and enhance the accumulation of dry matter, N, P, and K in the aboveground part of sugarcane as well as the availability of N, P, K, and organic matter in soil. Even though intercropping and crop residue recycling could stimulate the availability of N, P, K, and organic matter, it could not override the negative influence of N, P, and K reductions, but the impact of K reduction was least. Ultimately, the dry matter, N, P, and K of mung bean crop residue on soil surface degraded faster than those of deep burial. Our research suggested that the newly bred mung bean variety is a proper intercropping candidate for sugarcane field in Guangxi.


Sugarcane Mung bean Intercropping Crop residue recycling Decomposition 



The study was financially supported by Guangxi Natural Science Foundation of china (2014GXNSFDA118015, 2016GXNSFCA380008), Guangxi Scientific Research and Technology Development Program of China(1598016-13, 15104001-25), Guangxi Special Funds for Bagui Scholars (2013-03), and Project of Guangxi Sugarcane Innovation team of National Modern Agriculture Industry Technology System (gjnytxgxcxtd-03), China Agriculture Research System-Green Manure (CARS-22).

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Subtropical Agro-Bioresources Conservation and Utilization, College of AgricultureGuangxi UniversityNanningChina
  2. 2.Agricultural Resources and Environmental Research InstituteGuangxi Academy of Agricultural SciencesNanningChina
  3. 3.Guangxi Crop Genetic Improvement and Biotechnology Laboratory, China Ministry of Agriculture Key Laboratory of Sugarcane Biotechnology and Genetic Improvement(Guangxi), Guangxi Key Laboratory of Sugarcane Genetic ImprovementGuangxi Academy of Agricultural SciencesNanningChina

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