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The growing over a large area of a single crop species (e.g. Triticum aestivum, bread wheat) or of a single variety of a particular species. Monocultures are especially vulnerable to pest and disease infestation, but uniformity of height, development, etc. in a crop facilitates management, especially harvesting. The economic and ecological wisdom of monoculture is widely debated.

Subjects: Biological Sciences.

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