Modelling weed management strategies to control erosion in rubber plantations

The role of weeds in soil conservation in agroforestry systems has been largely ignored. We used the Land Use Change Impact Assessment (LUCIA) model to simulate the effects of weed management on erosion in rubber plantations (Hevea brasiliensis Muell. Arg). In order to quantify the impact of a dynamic, spatially explicit multi-layer plantation structure on erosion processes in agroforestry systems, we updated LUCIA’s erosion module.