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Reconciling production and biodiversity in management of pastures and grasslands

Code: 9781786768483
Sylvain Plantureux, Université de Lorraine, INRAE, LAE, France

Chapter synopsis: Grasslands are crucial for the conservation of biodiversity across the world. Current agricultural practices have increasingly replaced grasslands by crops or managed them more intensively, resulting in a dramatic reduction of biodiversity. Is it possible to reconcile profitable grassland production with conservation of biodiversity? This chapter reviews research on the relationship between biodiversity and the quantity and quality of biomass produced by grasslands. The chapter shows it is possible to manage grasslands to reconcile production and biodiversity of grasslands.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2020.0071.02
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Analyzing the relationship between biodiversity and productivity in grasslands 3 Biodiversity factors affecting grassland productivity 4 Biodiversity factors affecting grassland productivity over time 5 Biodiversity factors affecting the quality of forage and animal products 6 Grassland biodiversity and ecosystem services 7 Assessing the economic value of species-rich grasslands 8 Management of grasslands for both biodiversity and production 9 Case study: flowering meadows competition 10 Summary and future trends 11 References

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