Land Use Systems in Grassland Dominated Regions

Land Use Systems in Grassland Dominated Regions

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qLand Use Systems in Grassland Dominated Regionsq was the stimulating theme of the 20th General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation. This topic was not solely tailored to Switzerland and the other countries in the Alpine zone, but also to all other European regions dominated by grassland. In such regions, grasslands are fundamental for agricultural production and landscape value, including the conservation of natural resources. Changes or losses of the basic functions of grassland can have dramatic impacts on regional developments in grassland areas. In adapting these functions, grassland farming faces tremendous challenges caused by economic, political and technical factors.The emphasis of the conference was on five aspects. The first topic dealt with the difficulty in combining ecological and economic goals on a farm scale and at a regional level under given ecological conditions and agro-environmental policy regimes. The second was dedicated to the fact that grassland meets human needs through the services that it provides to society. This was shown by highlighting the benefits and potential risks of grassland systems. The third aspect concerned the efficient use of plant nutrients in soil-plant-animal systems in order to optimise grass growth and minimise environmental impacts. The fourth session concentrated on the relevance of forage quality for the quality and safety of dairy and meat products, and the last session was dedicated to the transfer of knowledge into agricultural practise.This book contains the complete proceedings of the conference. Also available is the Book of Abstracts.The RDA ordination diagram of the sites based on spider assemblages differentiated region 1 from 2 and extensively used ... On the whole, management intensity and region explained a significant part of variation in spider assemblages (Monte Carlo permutation test: P alt; 0.05). ... Jeanneret P., Schiipbach B., Pfiffner L. and Walter Th. (2003) Arthropod reaction to landscape and habitat features inanbsp;...

Title:Land Use Systems in Grassland Dominated Regions
Author: A. Lüscher
Publisher:vdf Hochschulverlag AG - 2004

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