Grassland Ecosystems of the World: Analysis of Grasslands and Their Uses
R. T. Coupland
Cambridge University Press, May 10, 1979 - Nature - 401 pages
First published in 1976, this volume describes the structure and functioning of grassland ecosystems. Five kinds of grassland are considered, namely natural temperate grasslands, semi-natural temperate meadows and pastures, tropical grasslands, arable grassland and cropland. Descriptions of the abundance and biomass of plants, animals and micro-organisms are provided, as well as an assessment of the activities of each functional group of organisms in relation to production, consumption and decomposition. Static models of energy flow and nutrient cycling are included, and the effects on the ecosystem of the management of grazing land and cropland are also considered. The volume is based on data collected in more than 50 studies made during the International Biological Programme studies in 22 countries.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Contents of IBP
The nature of grassland
Uso gestion y conservacion
Problems in studying grassland ecosystems
Small herbivore subsystem
Use and management
Use and management
Primary producers in meadows
Consumers in meadows and pastures
Microorganisms in meadows
Ecosystem synthesis of meadows
Use and management of meadows
Other editions - View all
Grassland Ecosystems of the World: Analysis of Grasslands and their Uses
R. T. Coupland
No preview available - 2009
19oland above-ground amount animals annual areas Armidale biomass Biome Breymeyer canopy climate Collembola compared components consumers Coupland cropland Czechoslovakia dead shoots decomposition depth desert grassland Dichanthium Diptera dominated dry subhumid Dyne Enchytraeidae energy flow estimated fertiliser Festuca grass grassland ecosystems grazing green biomass green shoots green-shoot biomass ground groups growing season growth herbage herbivores IBP studies increase India invertebrates Jornada layer legumes litter Lumbricidae Matador maximum meadows micro-organisms microbial Miscanthus sinensis mixed prairie moisture natural grasslands natural temperate grassland nematodes net primary production nitrogen nutrients occur oligochaetes organic matter Pantex pasture Pawnee peak populations precipitation primary production rainfall range ratio respiration root biomass sampling saprophages savanna Sehima semiarid shoot production short-grass prairie Singh soil surface sown species stocking intensity Table temperature tion tropical grasslands true prairie Turew turnover under-ground biomass under-ground plant ungrazed values Varanasi various vegetation volume
Page 366 - Effects of cultivation on the organic matter of grassland soils as determined by fractionation and radiocarbon dating, Can.
Page 363 - Root productivity and turnover in native prairie', Ecology 46, 84-9 DIMBLEBY, GW (1957) 'Pollen analysis of terrestrial soils'.
Page 363 - The Effect of Different Intensities and Times of Grazing and the Degree of Dusting Upon the Vegetation of Range Land in West Central Kansas.
Grazing in Temperate Ecosystems: Large Herbivores and the Ecology of the New ...
No preview available - 1986