Ecological Studies

The Ecology of Browsing and Grazing

Editors: Gordon, Iain J., Prins, Herbert H.T. (Eds.)

  • Shows how large herbivores react to changes in their environment
  • Provides practical advice on the management of large herbivores
  • Explores how herbivores affect nutrient flows and the responses of associated fauna
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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.

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"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.)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: Grazers and Browsers in a Changing World

    Gordon, Iain J. (et al.)

    Pages 1-20

  • An Evolutionary History of Browsing and Grazing Ungulates

    Janis, Christine

    Pages 21-45

  • The Morphophysiological Adaptations of Browsing and Grazing Mammals

    Clauss, Marcus (et al.)

    Pages 47-88

  • Nutritional Ecology of Grazing and Browsing Ruminants

    Duncan, Alan J. (et al.)

    Pages 89-116

  • The Comparative Feeding Bahaviour of Large Browsing and Grazing Herbivores

    Searle, Kate R. (et al.)

    Pages 117-148

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Ecology of Browsing and Grazing
Editors
  • Iain J. Gordon
  • Herbert H.T. Prins
Series Title
Ecological Studies
Series Volume
195
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-72422-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-540-72422-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-540-72421-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-09148-3
Series ISSN
0070-8356
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 330
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