What Global and/or European Agriculture Will Need from Grasslands and Grassland Breeding over the Next 10–15 Years for a Sustainable Agriculture

  • D. Reheul
  • B. de Cauwer
  • M. Cougnon
  • J. Aper
Conference paper


The paper analyses actual trends in (European) ruminant agriculture and grassland based production systems. Consequences of reduced and/or zero grazing for grass breeding and grassland management are discussed. The impacts on eco-efficiency, recycling of minerals and ecosystem services are highlighted as well as the role of ley-arable farming. Special emphasis is on the potential use of tall fescue as a component of mixtures or as an interspecific cross. In grazed grassland, the role of white clover, the disease resistance and the nitrogen use efficiency of the grasses and the significance of biodiversity are considered. Based on an article published by Parsons et al. (2011) some reflections on the way ahead in grass and forage breeding are presented.


Soil Organic Carbon Carbon Footprint White Clover Tall Fescue Perennial Ryegrass 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plant Production, Faculty of Bioscience EngineeringUniversity of GentGentBelgium

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