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By David J. Gibson

Grasslands, particularly controlled pastures and rangelands, are frequent, overlaying nearly forty% (52 million km²) of the Earth's land floor. they're ruled by means of participants of the Poaceae - the fourth greatest plant kin with over 7,500 species, and likewise the main frequent. Grasslands represent an immense biome on all continents other than Antarctica and in addition signify crucial foodstuff crop on the earth with corn, wheat, maize, rice and millet accounting for almost all of our agricultural output.

Grasses and Grassland Ecology presents an ecologically oriented advent to this influential crew of crops, summarizing the newest clinical examine in ecology and agriculture within the context of the older, vintage literature. Ten chapters conceal the morphology, anatomy, body structure and systematics of grasses, their inhabitants, neighborhood and atmosphere ecology, their international distribution, and the consequences of disturbance and grassland management.

This accomplished and available textbook is appropriate for graduate point scholars in addition to expert researchers within the fields of plant ecology, rangeland technological know-how, crop technology, and agriculture.

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