By Gilles Lemaire, John Hodgson, Abad Chabbi

Grassland ecosystems are deeply suffering from human actions and want applicable administration to optimize trade-offs among environment services and prone. beforehand they've got often been analyzed as agro-ecosystems for animal construction yet this ebook seems to be past the function of grassland as a feeding floor, and evaluates different very important tactics comparable to carbon sequestration in soils, greenhouse gasoline law and biodiversity safety. This authoritative quantity expertly highlights the necessity for a right away stability among agriculture and ecological administration for sustainability sooner or later.

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2 Conceptual Representation of Foraging Behaviour Herbivores selectively graze the vegetation and choose a diet of better quality than the average vegetation on offer. Foraging behaviour is therefore of major importance because it determines the nutrient intake of the animals as well as the location and intensity of their impact on the vegetation. Information on these determinants is central to understanding the dynamics of the grazed ecosystem and to providing the basis for the management of both animals and vegetation.

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