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By Craig J. Pearson, Ray L. Ison

ISBN-10: 0511017626

ISBN-13: 9780511017629

ISBN-10: 0521560101

ISBN-13: 9780521560108

The demanding situations dealing with grassland agronomists have gotten more and more advanced, with environmental and moral concerns assuming a better value along extra traditional technical features. This new accelerated variation, with an elevated emphasis on structures pondering, has been revised to mirror present matters, wisdom and perform. As such it addresses the necessity for a unique method of grassland agronomy, supplying novel and provocative fabric to show, stimulate and enthuse the reader.

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In the northern hemisphere most of the grasslands are in cool temperate climates; in the southern hemisphere the greatest area is occupied by the savanna grasslands in the wet-and-dry tropics of Africa, South America and Australia (Fig. æ). Utilization, however, is greatest in regions which have a wet temperate or mediterranean climate. Statistics portraying the distribution of pastures and Fig. 5 Schema postulating the origins of grasslands. ) Present grassland systems Fig. 6 The relationship between the distribution of livestock and the climate and grassland types in eastern and central Asia.

2 `New' thinking Clement's successional theory has informed generations of ecologists, agronomists and range scientists but, as Scoones ("ññã) pointed out, the utility of terms and concepts such as `vegetation succession', `carrying capacity' and `degradation' are being reassessed, particularly for the dry rangelands where system dynamics are dominated by highly variable rainfall and episodic, chance events such as drought. á ) follows from the work of Ellis & Swift ("ñðð), Westoby et al. ("ñðñ) and Behnke & Scoones ("ññâ).

In Decision Support Systems For the Management of Grazing Lands: Emerging Issues, eds J. W Stuth & B. G. Lyons, pp. ðá^""ä. UNESCO-Man and the Biosphere Book Series. Vol "". : Parthenon Publishing. P R E T T Y , J . N . ("ññã). Alternative systems of inquiry for a sustainable agriculture. Institute of Development Studies Bulletin, áä, âæ^ãð. R U S S E L L , D . B . & I S O N , R . L . ("ññâ). The researchdevelopment relationship in rangelands: an opportunity for contextual science. Proceedings of the IVth International Rangeland Congress, Montpellier, "ññ", Vol.

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