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The Ecology of Browsing and Grazing

The Ecology of Browsing and Grazing


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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' behavior, distribution, movement and direct impact on the vegetation are discussed in detail. It is shown that an understanding of plant/animal interactions can inform the management of large herbivores to integrate production and conservation in terrestrial systems.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783540724216
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date: 11/20/2007
Series: Ecological Studies , #195
Edition description: 2008
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.04(d)

Table of Contents

1 Grazers and Browsers in a Changing World: Introduction
Herbert H.T. Prins and Iain J. Gordon

2 An Evolutionary History of Browsing and Grazing Ungulates
Christine Janis

3 The Morphophysiological Adaptations of Browsing and Grazing Mammals
Marcus Clauss, Thomas Kaiser, and Jürgen Hummel

4 Nutritional Ecology of Grazing and Browsing Ruminants
Alan J. Duncan and Dennis P. Poppi

5 The Comparative Feeding Bahaviour of Browsing and Grazing Large Herbivores
Kate Searle and??

6 The Comparative Population Dynamics of Browsing and Grazing Ungulates
Norman Owen-Smith

7 Species Diversity of Browsing and Grazing Ungulates: Consequences for the Structure and Abundance of Secondary Production
Herbert H.T. Prins and Hervé Fritz

8 Impacts of Grazing and Browsing by Large Herbivores on Soils and Soil Biological Properties
Kathryn A. Harrison and Richard D. Bardgett

9 Plant Traits, Browsing and Grazing Herbivores, and Vegetation Dynamics
C. Skarpe and A.J. Hester

10 The Impact of Browsing and Grazing Herbivores on Biodiversity
S. E. van Wieren and J.P. Bakker

11 Managing Large Herbivores in Theory and Practice: is the Game the Same for Browsing and grazing Species?
Jean-Michel Gaillard, Patrick Duncan, Sip Van Wieren, Anne Loison, François Klein, and Daniel Maillard

12 Browsers and Grazers in a Changing World: Conclusions
Iain J. Gordon and Herbert H.T. Prins

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