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The Evolving Science of Grassland Improvement

The Evolving Science of Grassland Improvement

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L. R. Humphreys
Cambridge University Press, 2/20/1997
EAN 9780521495677, ISBN10: 0521495679

Hardcover, 280 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm
Language: English

Grasslands around the world are a resource of great economic importance, as the origin of most of the world's milk and wool and much of the meat. The growing world population and global warming have put increased pressure on the world's grasslands. Ross Humphreys has played a leading role in the development of grassland science and in this authoritative review discusses how it has evolved over the past sixty years. Using the proceedings of the International Grassland Congress since 1937, Professor Humphreys identifies the shifting emphasis of the science, assesses the current state of play and looks at perspectives for the future. This review will be of great value to all grassland scientists and ecologists.

Preface
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
1. Grassland improvement and environmental protection
2. The plant genetic base for grassland improvement
3. The nitrogen economy of grasslands
4. Growth and defoliation
5. Grassland ecology
6. Grazing management
7. Innovation, optimization and the realization of change
Appendix
the International Grassland Congresses
References
Index.

'The author gives a very good and authoritative overview of improvement in grassland science during the last decades.' J. M. Greef, Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science