By L. R. Humphreys
Grasslands world wide offer many of the world's milk and wool and lots more and plenty of the beef. The starting to be international inhabitants and international warming have positioned elevated strain at the world's grasslands. Ross Humphreys has performed a number one position within the improvement of grassland technology and during this authoritative overview discusses the way it has advanced during the last sixty years. utilizing the court cases of the foreign Grassland Congress in view that 1937, Humphreys identifies the transferring emphasis of the technology, assesses the present scenario and gives views for its destiny course.
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Takahashi (1952) stated that Leucaena leucocephala 'is well naturalized and is one of the outstanding tropical forage legumes of Hawaii. It covers many thousands of acres . '. There was discussion of the plant attributes upon which breeding programmes should concentrate (Kramer, 1952) and this has been a continuing thread at all Grassland Congresses (Laidlaw & Reed, 1993). 2 Criteria of merit in forage plants The plethora of plant characters which have received changing attention may be grouped under three interrelated major themes: quality of forage in relation to animal nutrition, attributes of growth, and ecological success in the farm situation.
Simulated equilibrium distribution of carbon surface densities (heights of columns) for the areas of each vegetation type (widths of columns). ) on arable land and a consequent soil manurial factor which in the Netherlands, for example, would just counterbalance the losses associated with any translation of forest to arable land (Wolf & Janssen, 1991). Estimates of the flows between these pools are subject to considerable error. 3 Gt yr"1. 05 Gt CH 4 y r 1 (Minami et al, 1993). 45 Gt net 14 Grassland improvement and environmental protection sink and sources of 200 Mt CH4 yr 1 from ricefieldsand natural wetlands, 75 Mt from ruminants, 75 Mt from biomass burning, and 150 Mt from land fill, fossil fuel mining, and other sources such as termites.
4). Emission of N2O was greater from a forest floor than from grassland in Japan (Minami et al, 1993), but methane uptake by soil was greater under forest than under grassland. There are circumstances under which planted grassland sequesters more C than forest, but the management of grassland determines whether environmental degradation or environmental repair occurs. Plants species andfertilizer use Net primary productivity is enhanced by the choice of elite grassland species, which are efficient in their use of water, nutrients and radiation, and reference was also made earlier to differences in the partitioning of assimilate to below-ground organs (Humphreys & Robinson, 1966; Hirata et al, 1986) and in responsiveness to augmented CO2 level (Nie et al, 1993).