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Title The ecology of browsing and grazing / I.J. Gordon, H.H.T. Prins, editors
Published Berlin : Springer, ©2008


Description 1 online resource (xv, 328 pages) : illustrations
Series Ecological studies, 0070-8356 ; v. 195
Ecological studies ; v. 195. 0070-8356
Contents Introduction : grazers and browsers in a changing world / Herbert H.T. Prins and Iain J. Gordon -- An evolutionary history of browsing and grazing ungulates / Christine Janis -- The morphophysiological adaptations of browsing and grazing mammals / Marcus Clauss, Thomas Kaiser, and Jürgen Hummel -- Nutritional ecology of grazing and browsing ruminants / Alan J. Duncan and Dennis P. Poppi -- The comparative feeding behaviour of large browsing and grazing herbivores / Kate R. Searle and Lisa A. Shipley -- The comparative population dynamics of browsing and grazing ungulates / Norman Owen-Smith -- Species diversity of browsing and grazing ungulates : consequences for the structure and abundance of secondary production / Herbert H.T. Prins and Hervé Fritz -- Impacts of grazing and browsing by large herbivores on soils and soil biological properties / Kathryn A. Harrison and Richard D. Bardgett -- Plant traits, browsing and grazing herbivores, and vegetation dynamics / Christina Skarpe and Alison Hester -- The impact of browsing and grazing herbivores on biodiversity / Spike E. van Wieren and Jan P. Bakker -- Managing large herbivores in theory and practice : is the game the same for browsing and grazing species? / Jean-Michel Gaillard [and others] -- Grazers and browsers in a changing world : conclusions / Iain J. Gordon and Herbert H.T. Prins
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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Subject Browsing (Animal behavior)
Ungulates -- Ecology
Herbivores -- Ecology
Mammals -- Ecology
Animal-plant relationships.
Ungulates -- Ecology.
Herbivores -- Ecology.
Mammals -- Ecology.
Animal-plant relationships.
Browsing (Animal behavior)
Sciences de la vie.
Animal-plant relationships.
Browsing (Animal behavior)
Herbivores -- Ecology.
Mammals -- Ecology.
Form Electronic book
Author Gordon, I. J. (Iain J.)
Prins, H. H. T. (Herbert H. T.)
ISBN 9783540724216