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Integrating foraging attributes of domestic livestock breeds into sustainable systems for grassland biodiversity and wider countryside benefits

Objective

The objective is to identify sustainable grazing management practices for maintaining and enhancing bio diverse grasslands. The effects of management system (targeted at production or at biodiversity) and animal breed (commercial or rustic) on botanical, structural and invertebrate biodiversity will be quantified and the socio-economic costs and benefits evaluated. Integrated investigations in countries will comprise the following tasks:
1. Compilation of a web resident European database of research relevant to the management of bio diverse grasslands.
2Comparison of animal foraging behaviour;
3. Comparison of agronomic output;
4.comparison of botanical and structural biodiversity;
5 comparison of invertebrate biodiversity;
6 socio-economic evaluations. The results will allow improved recommendations for the integrated management of bio diverse grasslands.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

INSTITUTE OF GRASSLAND AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH
Address
Plas Gogerddan
SY23 3EB Aberystwyth
United Kingdom

Participants (6)

CHELTENHAM AND GLOUCESTER COLLEGE OF HIGHER EDUCATION
United Kingdom
Address
Swindon Road, Francis Close Hall Campus
GL50 4AZ Cheltenham
GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITY GOETTINGEN
Germany
Address
Von-siebold-strasse 8
37075 Goettingen
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE
France
Address
Inra Theix
63122 St Genes Champanelle
PROVINCIA DI PORDENONE - SETTORE AGRICOLTURA AZIENDE SPERIMENTALI E DIMOSTRATIVE
Italy
Address
Via Martelli 51
33170 Pordenone
SERVICIO REGIONAL DE INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO AGROALIMENTARIO
Spain
Address
Carretera De Oviedo S/n
33300 Villaviciosa
STICHTING VLINDERONDERZOEK
Netherlands
Address
Mennonietenweg 10
6700 AM Wageningen