Publisher description for The ecology of browsing and grazing / I.J. Gordon, H.H.T. Prins, editors.
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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.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Browsing (Animal behavior)
Ungulates -- Ecology.
Herbivores -- Ecology.
Mammals -- Ecology.