Grassland ecosystems are deeply affected by human activities and need appropriate management to optimise trade-offs between ecosystem functions and services. Until now they have mainly been analysed as agro-ecosystems for animal production but this book looks beyond the role of grassland as a feeding ground, and evaluates other important processes such as carbon sequestration in soils, greenhouse gas regulation and biodiversity protection. This authoritative volume expertly highlights the need for an immediate balance between agriculture and ecological management for sustainability in the future.
Foreign rights available. We will positively consider translations of abridged versions of this title.
"This book will be a very valuable resource to students
and researchers because it provides a very comprehensive
overview of the role of grasslands beyond agricultural
production. Its strengths lie in putting side by side agricultural
issues and broader environmental ones, giving a
systems view of grasslands."