Representing crop rotations in life cycle assessment: a review of legume LCA studies

Marcela Costa, David R. Chadwick, Sophie Saget, RM Rees, Michael Williams, David Styles

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There is an imperative to accurately assess the environmental sustainability of crop system interventions in the context of food security and climate change. Previous studies have indicated that the incorporation of legumes into cereal rotations could reduce overall environmental burdens from cropping systems. However, most LCA studies focus on individual crops and miss environmental consequences of inter-annual crop sequence and nutrient cycling effects. This review investigates state-of-the-art representation of inter-crop rotation effects within legume LCA studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1942-1956
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Life Cycle Assessment
Early online date22 Aug 2020
Publication statusPrint publication - 1 Oct 2020


  • Allocation
  • Crop rotations
  • Functional units
  • Legumes
  • Multi-functionality
  • Nitrogen cycling


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