a1 Department of Applied Statistics, University of Reading, Reading, Berkshire, UK
The efficiency of many intercropping research programmes could be improved if research workers made fuller use of modern statistical knowledge about experimental design. Important statistical considerations for experimental design and plot sampling are reviewed and their relevance to intercropping research assessed. The general philosophy of factorial structure and blocking, and specific ideas on the use of systematic designs and monocrop plots, are discussed.
(Accepted April 28 1980)