Tree farming, Agroforestry and the new green revolution, a necessary alliance

  title={Tree farming, Agroforestry and the new green revolution, a necessary alliance},
  author={Gianni Facciotto and Gianfranco Minotta and Pierluigi Paris and Francesco Pelleri},
1Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l’analisi dell’economia agraria, Unità di ricerca per la produzione legnosa fuori foresta CRA-PLF, Casale Monferrato (AL) 2Dipartimento di Scienze Agrarie, Forestali e Alimentari, Università di Torino, Grugliasco (TO); 3Istituto di Biologia Agroambientale e Forestale, CNR, Porano (TR) 4Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l’analisi dell’economia agraria, Centro di ricerca per la selvicoltura CRA-SEL, Arezzo 

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