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From science to application: field demonstrations to enhance sustainable rice production in the north of Vietnam—lessons from the LEGATO project

  • Nguyen, Van Sinh1
  • Nguyen, Hung Manh1
  • Klotzbücher, Anika2, 3
  • Vetterlein, Doris2
  • Klotzbücher, Thimo3
  • Jahn, Reinhold3
  • Schneiker, Janina4
  • Türke, Manfred4, 5, 6
  • Fried, Oliver7
  • Bergmeier, Erwin7
  • Sattler, Cornelia2
  • Settele, Josef2, 5, 8
  • 1 Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources, Graduate University of Science and Technology, 18 Hoang Quoc Viet, Nghia Do, Cau Giay, Ha Noi, Vietnam , Cau Giay (Vietnam)
  • 2 Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Theodor-Lieser-Straße 4, Halle, 06120, Germany , Halle (Germany)
  • 3 Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Institute of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences, Von-Seckendorff-Platz 3, Halle, 06120, Germany , Halle (Germany)
  • 4 Technical University of Munich, Terrestrial Ecology Research Group, Department of Ecology and Ecosystem Management, Center for Food and Life Sciences Weihenstephan, Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2, Freising, 85354, Germany , Freising (Germany)
  • 5 German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Deutscher Platz 5e, Leipzig, 04103, Germany , Leipzig (Germany)
  • 6 Leipzig University, Institute of Biology, Johannisallee 21, Leipzig, 04103, Germany , Leipzig (Germany)
  • 7 University of Goettingen, Albrecht-von-Haller-Institute of Plant Sciences, Untere Karspüle 2, Göttingen, 37073, Germany , Göttingen (Germany)
  • 8 University of the Philippines, Los Baños, College, Institute of Biological Sciences, Los Baños, Laguna, 4031, Philippines , Los Baños (Philippines)
Published Article
Paddy and Water Environment
Springer Japan
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2018
DOI: 10.1007/s10333-018-0644-0
Springer Nature


Two major human-made problems in rice production systems in the north of Vietnam concern the low plant-available silicon content of soils and the low biodiversity. The results of the LEGATO project suggest a change to an environmentally friendly rice production system that will help to recover biodiversity. We propose here a framework for a demonstration and dissemination model that will be exemplary for the farmers once it has been successfully realized. We advocate local-option models in different districts to demonstrate to farmers. The methods should be adapted to local and ecoregional differences in climate and land-use tradition, and they explicitly take into account soil care, organic fertilizer, manual weeding, native nectar-rich plant bunds, manual pest snail collection, hymenopteran nesting aids, and biodiversity and yield monitoring.

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