Many new pasture plants have entered farming practice in the tropics and subtropics in the past two decades. The wider use of these and earlier selected cultivars is gradually changing the levels of livestock performance and of farming stability in parts of the tropical world. The release of so many plants has led to some confusion about the specific environmental conditions to which particular plants are best adapted, and the performance characters which should be sought; this confusion is shared by the scientist and by the farmer. This book attempts to define the principles of plant behaviour which decide the ecological success or failure of pasture plants in the diverse environmental conditions of the tropical world. It documents research on the comparative environmental tolerance and competitive capacity of tropical pasture plants, and points to some dark areas where research needs strengthening.


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© L. R. Humphreys 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. R. Humphreys
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AgricultureUniversity of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia

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