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  • Nitrogen mysteries in urban grasslands

    Areas of turf-forming species created and maintained by humans for aesthetic and recreational (not grazing) purposes, i.e. “urban grasslands” are an extremely common, but poorly studied ecosystem type. There are over 150,000 km2of urban grasslands in the U.S. and many receive high rates of fertilizer, creating concerns about nutrient runoff to streams, lakes, and estuaries and emissions of ...

  • Grasslands: The future of sustainable agriculture

    Grassland: Quietness and Strength for a New American Agriculture was written to increase our awareness of the vital role grass and grassland plants have in ensuring a sustainable future for American agriculture. Published by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America, the book's content is geared toward agriculturists, students, the ...

  • Fighting climate change with grasslands

    Grasslands have vast untapped potential to mitigate climate change by absorbing and storing CO2, according to a new report by FAO. Pastures and rangelands represent a carbon sink that could be greater than forests if properly managed. Covering some 30 percent of the earth’s ice-free land surface and accounting for 70 percent of its agricultural land, the world’s 3.4 billion ha of grasslands can ...

  • Chevrolet supports grassland preservation program

    Chevrolet has become the first corporate participant in a public-private initiative that pays farmers not to convert natural prairie to large-scale agriculture, which would release gases that are warming the planet, officials said Monday. The automaker, a division of General Motors, said it has bought more than 39,000 metric tons of carbon credits ...


    By Associated Press

  • Climate change enhances grassland productivity

    More frequent freeze-thaw cycles in winter can increase biomass production according to the results of a recent study conducted by the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ), the University of Bayreuth and the Helmholtz Center in Munich. For their experiment at the Ecological-Botanical Garden of the University of Bayreuth the researchers installed underground heating on their plots, ...

  • Grassland and Muck 2017 is coming soon

    Grassland and Muck, the triennial event organised by The Royal Agricultural Society of England, returns to Stoneleigh, Warwickshire on 24-25 May 2017. The two day, 190 acre event has something for every grassland farmer with a wide display of machinery, live demonstrations and grass plots, advice and technical ...

  • Simple method to estimate soil carbon stocks in grassland

    Storage of carbon in soil helps to keep land fertile and regulates the climate, and is therefore an important ecosystem service. However, mapping of soil carbon stocks currently uses unreliable measures. This study used data from a national survey of English grasslands to show that soil carbon stocks can be accurately predicted using simple measures of soil and climatic conditions. Two to three ...

  • Why Visit T-T at Grassland and Muck 2017?

    Based at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire on Wednesday 23rd May and Thursday 24th May, Grassland and Muck brings you innovative ways to maximise your muck. T-T are at the forefront of innovation and will have technicians on hand to discuss ways you can increase the use of your slurry, you will find T-T on stand 415 of the main trade area. T-T have a dedicated agricultural and ...


    By T-T Pumps Ltd.

  • Mountain grasslands and shrublands store significant amounts of carbon

    Despite their general absence from climate policy discussions, the world’s mountain grasslands and shrublands (MGSs) store between 60.5 and 82.8 billion metric tonnes of carbon, a new study estimates - more than three times that of ocean and coastal ecosystems. This research, which is the first to provide a global inventory of carbon stored in MGSs, argues that these ecosystems should be ...

  • Abandoned wet grasslands can be rapidly restored

    Wet grasslands abandoned less than 40 years ago can be successfully restored within a decade, a recent analysis suggests. By examining the findings of a range of studies, it identified the causes and consequences of abandonment and the key factors in successful restoration. Wet grasslands, such as floodplain hay meadows, are semi-natural habitats with either a high water table or regular ...

  • New hope for migratory grassland birds of South America

    The rich grasslands in South America, home to one of the world's most valuable ecosystems is fast disappearing and migratory grassland birds, which play an important role by dispersing seeds and controlling insects, are also rapidly declining in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. In order to reverse this trend, the Convention on Migratory Species of the United Nations Environment ...

  • Abandoned wet grasslands can be rapidly restored

    Wet grasslands abandoned less than 40 years ago can be successfully restored within a decade, a recent analysis suggests. By examining the findings of a range of studies, it identified the causes and consequences of abandonment and the key factors in successful restoration. Wet grasslands, such as floodplain hay meadows, are semi-natural habitats with either a high water table or regular ...

  • Assam Bihu Festival | United 21 Grassland Resort, Kaziranga - Official Blog

    Assam is the beautiful combination of variety of landscapes, cultures and traditions bound together by the bonds of brotherhood. This northeastern Indian state has great reserves of wildlife flourishing in the dense jungles as well as some mixed vegetations like grasslands and wetlands. Bordered by Bhutan and Arunachal Assam is popular for its treasures of rare wild animals and birds. Apart from ...


  • Will large amounts of soil carbon be released to the atmosphere if grasslands are converted to energy crops?

    Grasslands in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) in the United States may be increasingly converted to growing bioenergy grain crops. Questions abound regarding the fate of carbon sequestered in the soil during the CRP program by perennial grasses if the land is converted to grain crop production and the potential effectiveness of no-till production systems to conserve the sequestered soil ...

  • Canada's Leading Environmental Education Organizations Unite to Help Save Grassland Ecosystems

    The Bison Collaborative, comprising the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) (http://www.rom.on.ca), the Toronto Zoo (http://www.torontozoo.com), Parks Canada (http://www.parkscanada.gc.ca), and Earth ...


  • Erosion of forests and grasslands triggers alarm bells in Asia and the Pacific

    Forest loss and degradation remain major problems confronting the Asia-Pacific region which, if not addressed, will leave future generations a legacy of damaged ecosystems and irrecoverable losses of biodiversity, FAO is warning. Forest and grasslands cover 57.5 percent of Asia-Pacific’s massive land surface and provide vital ecosystems that support agriculture and livelihoods, which in ...

  • Target Fertiliser Use on Grassland – Consider Large Liquid Fertiliser Tanks

    Gemma Claxon recently wrote in Farmers Weekly how target-treating grass like an arable crop with compound fertiliser could lead to significant feed and fertiliser savings and also boost grass production in the process. The piece goes on to detail how many farmers are not yet unlocking the genetic potential of modern grass varieties, and yet doing so could well lead to high-quality yields, ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Populations of grassland butterflies decline almost 50 % over two decades

    Grassland butterflies have declined dramatically between 1990 and 2011. This has been caused by intensifying agriculture and a failure to properly manage grassland ecosystems, according to a report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). The fall in grassland butterfly numbers is particularly worrying, according to the report, because these butterflies are considered to be ...

  • High-nature-value grasslands can be maintained by alternating between mowing and grazing

    Scientists recommend policies that alternate between mowing and grazing to manage Europe’s high-nature-value grasslands. This comes after a new seven-year study found that a high plant-species diversity helps grasslands to maintain productivity and to resist depletion of phosphorus caused by livestock grazing and depletion of potassium caused by mowing. Grasslands with high levels of ...

  • Intensive grassland farming could have deep effects: sequestering significantly less soil carbon

    Huge amounts of soil carbon have been discovered up to 1 metre below grassland in a recent UK study. Yet most carbon inventories do not assess soil deeper than 30 cm. Furthermore, this research suggests that intensive management of grassland, involving high rates of fertiliser use and livestock grazing, may deplete carbon at these depths. Globally, soil contains more carbon than all the ...

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