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2012-04-23 13:20:59

Researchers present a modelling tool For years experts have discussed the ecological impact of the extended cultivation of energy crops. Scientists have now developed a computer model that allows assessing the impacts and comparing the effectiveness of strategies for the reduction of risks for biological diversity. Conclusion: The extension of bioenergy leads to problems to biological diversity in agrarian regions. With different accompanying measures, such as the conservation of...

2009-12-10 11:58:29

A resourceful approach to climate research How do plant ecosystems react to rising concentrations of the greenhouse gas CO2 in the atmosphere over the long term? This fundamental question is becoming increasingly pressing in light of global climate change. Researchers from the Chair of Grassland Science at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) have now "“ for the first time worldwide "“ taken up this issue for grasslands. The scientists found their answers in two unlikely...

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2009-01-14 09:59:38

Cattle and sheep grazed on natural grasslands help maintain biodiversity and produce tastier, healthier meat, according to a study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The research, part of the Rural Economy and Land Use (RELU) program which draws together the social and natural science, concluded that pasture-based farming is good for the environment, the consumer and the producer but needs stronger support from British policy makers if it is to realize its full...

2008-09-27 09:00:17

By LINDA McKEE THE BALLYCOLLIN WALK, SLIEVENACLOY NATURE RESERVE Tucked into a peaceful valley among the heights of the Belfast Hills is Slievenacloy Nature Reserve, a rich patchwork of different habitats harbouring all sorts of wildlife. The reserve, managed by the Ulster Wildlife Trust, is a mosaic of species rich grassland, wet heathland and rush pasture but there are also areas of fen, bog, and a stream system. The lowland meadow and rush pasture habitats are among the rarest kinds...

2008-09-10 09:00:24

By Michelle Dynes Researchers have organized a project to get answers. By Michelle Dynes mdynes@wyomingnews.com CHEYENNE - Ten miles west of Cheyenne, carbon-dioxide levels are nearly twice as high as they are in the city. Well, at least in some test plots at the High Plains Grasslands Research Station. Thirty plots of native grasslands are part of an experiment to determine how local prairies could react to climate change. The results could shape congressional policy decisions,...

2008-09-04 00:00:10

By Josh Sims We've lost 97 per cent of our meadowland and its wildlife to farming. But one campaigner is fighting to save what's left. Josh Sims meets a man on a mission So you thought looking after your lawn was hard work? Spare a thought for Jon Valters, who tends to a lot more grass than the average gardener. To be precise, some 147 acres, leased in Carmel National Nature Reserve in Carmarthenshire - on which he is spending some 200,000 from the Welsh Assembly to do, well, as little...

2008-08-28 00:00:22

Driving around Lincolnshire I notice that more land has been entered into large-scale arable reversion environmental schemes - a process where the land is allowed to revert to a natural state for the benefit of farmland wildlife species. I find myself struggling to accept these schemes where blocks of hundreds of acres are committed to arable reversion - or as a friend calls it 'arable rejection'. I fully support efforts to provide habitat for farmland species which struggle to survive in...

2008-07-22 18:00:34

THERE is one last chance to save a slice of the North East's natural heritage, warn conservationists. Two years ago Northumberland Wildlife Trust surveyed rare whin grassland which is only found in Northumberland and limited to areas along the Great Whin Sill rock formation. The survey found that a number of the sites which were originally examined in 1980 have now disappeared and those that remain are under imminent threat from scrub, neglect or overgrazing. Calaminarian grasslands...

2008-06-14 00:00:13

The Environment Agency is making hay to ensure a rare conservation area on the edge of York continues to attract wildlife and has a healthy eco system. Rawcliffe Meadows is a floodplain meadow of the sort which has declined by more than 95 per cent in England and Wales since the Second World War, mainly due to intensive farming methods. The EA is removing half a hectare of nettles before adding a hay cover that should help to return the floodplain meadow to a more natural state and...


Latest Agricultural land Reference Libraries

Central and Southern mixed grasslands
2013-04-19 16:42:25

The Central and Southern mixed grasslands are a prairie ecoregion of the central United States, a portion of the North American Great Plains. This is a vast grassland area with few trees running north to south from central Nebraska through central Kansas and western Oklahoma to north central Texas, covering about 282,000 square kilometers. This is a transition zone between the Central tall grasslands and Central forest-grasslands transition ecoregions towards the east and the Western short...

Overgrazing
2013-04-01 12:31:24

Overgrazing occurs when plants are unprotected to intensive grazing for extended periods of time, or without enough recovery periods. It can be a result of either livestock in poorly managed agricultural applications, or by overpopulations of native or non-native wild animals. Overgrazing reduces the usefulness, biodiversity, and productivity of the land and is one cause of desertification and erosion. It’s also considered to be a cause of the spread of invasive species of non-native...

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