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The Ecology of Browsing and Grazing

  • Shows how large herbivores react to the changes of their environment

  • Provides also practical advice on the management of large herbivores

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

Part of the book series: Ecological Studies (ECOLSTUD, volume 195)

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction: Grazers and Browsers in a Changing World

    • Iain J. Gordon, Herbert H. T. Prins
    Pages 1-20
  3. The Morphophysiological Adaptations of Browsing and Grazing Mammals

    • Marcus Clauss, Thomas Kaiser, Jürgen Hummel
    Pages 47-88
  4. Nutritional Ecology of Grazing and Browsing Ruminants

    • Alan J. Duncan, Dennis P. Poppi
    Pages 89-116
  5. Plant Traits, Browsing and Gazing Herbivores, and Vegetation Dynamics

    • Christina Skarpe, Alison J. Hester
    Pages 217-261
  6. The Impact of Browsing and Grazing Herbivores on Biodiversity

    • Spike E. van Wieren, Jan P. Bakker
    Pages 263-292
  7. Managing Large Herbivores in Theory and Practice: Is the Game the Same for Browsing and Grazing Species

    • Jean-Michel Gaillard, Patrick Duncan, Sip E. van Wieren, Anne Loison, François Klein, Daniel Maillard
    Pages 293-307
  8. Grazers and Browsers in a Changing World: Conclusions

    • Iain J. Gordon, Herbert H. T. Prins
    Pages 309-321
  9. Back Matter

    Pages 323-328

About this book

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.

Keywords

  • Fauna
  • Grasen
  • Grazing
  • Vegetation
  • Verbiss
  • biodiversity
  • browsing
  • ecology
  • environment
  • mammalian herbivores
  • pflanzenfressende Säugetiere
  • production
  • terrestrial ecosystem
  • ungulates
  • Ökologie
  • Model vertebrates

Reviews

From the reviews:

"A detailed, thoroughly cited account on the ecology of large mammalian browsers and grazers. … the editors predict what may happen to vegetation systems in light of anthropogenic changes on the landscape, and how browsers and grazers may likely respond to these changes. They stress collaboration between managers and scientists in the decision-making process for managing these large herbivores. Summing Up: Recommended. Researchers and professionals." (E. H. Rave, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (10), June, 2008)

“It covers a very wide range of biological issues and amalgamates animal morphology and physiology with herbivore and rangeland ecology in an … evolutionary view. … The Ecology of Browsing and Grazing is a many-layered textbook and a good example of a well-executed interdisciplinary approach, imperative to combat the threats of climate change. It can be highly recommended for students, all kinds of ecologists and members of administrative bodies in game parks, conservation areas and livestock production systems.” (Anne Zemmrich, Basic and Applied Ecology, Vol. 11, 2010) “Der vorliegende Band befasst sich mit der Ökologie wildlebender aber auch domestizierter laub- und grasfressender Herbivoren. Insgesamt 22 der weltweit führenden Experten auf ihren jeweiligen Gebieten zeichnen für die 12 Kapitel des Bandes verantwortlich. Der Band stellt ein aktuelles und (bis auf kleinere Teilgebiete) umfassendes Referenzwerk zu zahlreichen Fragen der Ökologie laub- und grasfressender Herbivoren dar, die nicht nur für Rezent- sondern in vielen Teilen auch für Palaökologen von Bedeutung sind.“ (D. UHL, in: Zentralblatt für Geologie und Paläontologie Teil II, 2010, issue 1/2, S. 196 f.)

Editors and Affiliations

  • PMB PO Aitkenvale, Australia

    Iain J. Gordon

  • Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands

    Herbert H. T. Prins

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 119.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-540-72422-3
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 219.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)