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Tropical Forage Plants: Development & Use

Edited By: A Sotomayor-Rios and WD Pitman

391 pages, B/w plates, figs, tabs

CRC Press

Hardback | Dec 2000 | #121082 | ISBN: 0849323185
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Tropical Forage Plants: Development and Use covers the research and resulting pasture development in the tropics and subtropics, which has undergone dramatic changes in the past few decades. Providing a broad, global perspective, it serves as a comprehensive resource covering a wide range of subjects pertaining to forage and animal production in the tropics and subtropics including such aspects as agronomy, pasture management, forage plant breeding, soils, plant nutrition, and disease management and control.The book presents extensive coverage of the technical aspects of forage-based agriculture in the tropics. It addresses both the scientific aspects of this technology and its practical application. The editors integrate the extensive research on tropical forage species in the western hemisphere with that of global research efforts. They provide over 15,000 references that lay the groundwork for further research.The editors have assembled an excellent mixture of theorists and applied scientists giving the book wide-ranging, interdisciplinary appeal. In addition to providing extensive coverage of development and usage globally, Tropical Forage Plants: Development and Use presents the key aspects of selecting, breeding, and managing superior pastures in the tropics in the context of meeting local needs and global environmental concerns.


INTRODUCTION TO THE TROPICAL ENVIRONMENT. Land Resources for Forage Production in the Tropics. Environmental Constraints to Tropical Forage Plant Adaptation and Productivity. THE TROPICAL FORAGE PLANTS AND THEIR DEVELOPMENT. Germplasm Resources of Tropical Forage Grasses. Germplasm Resources of Tropical Forage Legumes. Breeding and Improvement of Tropical Grasses. Tropical Forage Legume Breeding. Contraints and Developments in the Enhancement of Tropical Forage Grasses of Economic Importance. Biotechnology in Tropical Forage Crops. USE OF TROPICAL FORAGES. Seed Production Technology of Tropical Forages. Intensive Management of Forage Grasses in the Humid Tropics. Pennisetums and Sorghums in an Integrated Feeding System in the Tropics. The Effects of Arthopods, Diseases, and Nematodes on Tropical Pastures. Animal Production in Grass-Legume Pastures in the Tropics. Conservation of Forages in the Tropics and Subtropics. Importance of Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation in Tropical Forage Legume Production. Contribution of Rangelands to Animal Production in the Tropics. GLOBAL REVIEW OF THE LATEST RESEARCH ON TROPICAL FORAGES. Current Developments from Tropical Forage Research in Australia. Current Developments from Tropical Forage Research in Africa. Contrasts in Current Developments with Tropical Forage Research in Asia and the Americas.

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