Grasslands have long been used to raise livestock. Recently there has been a shift to more intensive livestock system with more pressure on grasslands. At the same time, there is a greater understanding of the role of grasslands in delivering a range of ecosystems services. This volume reviews the range of research focussing on more sustainable use of grasslands to optimise livestock nutrition whilst protecting biodiversity and delivering a range of broader environmental benefits.
Part 1 assesses grassland functions and dynamics, including plant-soil and plant-animal interactions, nutrient cycling and carbon capture. Part 2 surveys grassland species such as ryegrass and legumes. Part 3 reviews key aspects of grassland management, including sowing, soil health, irrigation and weed control as well as monitoring. The final part of the book considers wider aspects of sustainability such as protecting biodiversity as well as silage processing.
With its distinguished editors and international team of subject experts, this will be a standard reference for grassland and rangeland scientists, livestock producers, government and non-governmental organisations responsible for grassland management and conservation.
"The comprehensiveness of the book will make it extremely useful for grassland and pasture students. In addition, it has value for anyone interested in a wide range of aspects of cultivated grasslands...it is a valuable source of information on cultivated grasslands in a single book with a good balance between detail and subjects covered."
African Journal of Range and Forage Science
Part 1 Grassland functions and dynamics 1.Environmental value of grasslands: Olivier Huguenin-Elie, Agroscope, Switzerland; 2.The role of pasture in the diet of livestock: Mike Lee, University of Bristol, UK; 3.Plant-soil interactions in grasslands; Jenny Dungait, Rothamsted Research, UK; 4.Plant-animal interactions in grasslands: David Chapman, Dairy New Zealand, New Zealand; 5.Modelling effects of climate change on grasslands: Agustin Del Prado, Basque Centre for Climate Change, Spain; Part 2 Grassland species 6.Grassland species: Lilian Techio Pereira, University of Sao Paulo , Brazil; 7.Grassland legumes: Fernando Ortega, INIA, Chile; 8.Developing new varieties of grass and legumes: Kevin Smith, University of Melbourne, Australia; Part 3 Management of grasslands 9.Managing grasslands/forage: an overview: Deirdre Hennessey, Teagasc, Ireland; 10.Planning and sowing grasslands: David Hannaway, Oregon State University, USA; 11.Advances in monitoring grasslands; Michael Wachendorf, University of Kassel, Germany; 12.Managing soil health for grassland: David Barker, Ohio State Univ, USA; 13.Management of water resources for grasslands: Jean Steiner, ARS-USDA, USA; 14.Weed control in grasslands; Graeme Bourdot, AgResearch, New Zealand; 15.Restoration of degraded grasslands: Llewellyn Manske, North Dakota State Univ, USA; 16.Mixed grazing-cropping systems: Grant Edwards, Lincoln University, New Zealand; 17.Managing grassland systems to optimise livestock farming: Jean-Louis Peyraud, INRA, France; Part 4 Sustainability and wider uses of grasslands 18.Protecting biodiversity in grasslands: Johannes Isselstein, Goettingen University, Germany; 19.Advances in silage processing and other means for conserving grass: Pekka Huhtanen, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences , Sweden; 20.Use of grassland for bioenergy: Ulrich Thumm, Hohenheim Univ, Germany; 21.Forages and organic production: Thomas Doring, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
Series: Burleigh Dodds Agricultural Science
Number Of Pages: 486
Published: 27th July 2018
Publisher: Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24
Weight (kg): 0.82