The ecology of browsing and grazing / I.J. Gordon, H.H.T. Prins, editors.
- Springer e-books
- 1st ed. 2008.
- Berlin : Springer ©2008
- Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2008
- Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
- Introduction : grazers and browsers in a changing world / Herbert H.T. Prins and Iain J. Gordon -- An evolutionary history of browsing and grazing ungulates / Christine Janis -- The morphophysiological adaptations of browsing and grazing mammals / Marcus Clauss, Thomas Kaiser, and Jürgen Hummel -- Nutritional ecology of grazing and browsing ruminants / Alan J. Duncan and Dennis P. Poppi -- The comparative feeding behaviour of large browsing and grazing herbivores / Kate R. Searle and Lisa A. Shipley -- The comparative population dynamics of browsing and grazing ungulates / Norman Owen-Smith -- Species diversity of browsing and grazing ungulates : consequences for the structure and abundance of secondary production / Herbert H.T. Prins and Hervé Fritz -- Impacts of grazing and browsing by large herbivores on soils and soil biological properties / Kathryn A. Harrison and Richard D. Bardgett -- Plant traits, browsing and grazing herbivores, and vegetation dynamics / Christina Skarpe and Alison Hester -- The impact of browsing and grazing herbivores on biodiversity / Spike E. van Wieren and Jan P. Bakker -- Managing large herbivores in theory and practice : is the game the same for browsing and grazing species? / Jean-Michel Gaillard [and others] -- Grazers and browsers in a changing world : conclusions / Iain J. Gordon and Herbert H.T. Prins.
- Extensive grazing and browsing by domestic and wild herbivores shape the vegetation composition, structure and dynamics of many terrestrial ecosystems. This volume investigates how large herbivores not only influence the structure and distribution of the vegetation, but also affect nutrient flows and the responses of associated fauna. The mechanisms and processes underlying the herbivores' behaviour, distribution, movement and direct impact on the vegetation, and the dynamics of nutrients, plant species, and vegetation composition in terrestrial ecosystems are discussed in detail. It is shown that an understanding of plant/animal interactions can provide practical advice on the management of large herbivores to integrate production and conservation in terrestrial systems, particularly in the face of environmental and climate change.
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