Wild and Sown Grasses: Profiles of a temperate species selection: ecology, biodiversity and use

In temperate areas, grasslands can occupy 50% of the agricultural area, providing up to 75% of fodder for cattle playing an essential role in farming systems. This important book provides comprehensive details of 40 major grass species. For each species included, an anatomical description is given together with full colour photographs and comprehensive details concerning the ecological requirements and agronomic properties species-by-species.
This book provides an invaluable reference source for any scientist involved in work with grass.

Country pasture/forage resource profile for Belgium

1. INTRODUCTION
2. SOILS AND TOPOGRAPHY
3. CLIMATE AND AGRO-ECOLOGICAL ZONES
4. RUMINANT LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION SYSTEMS
5. THE PASTURE RESOURCE
6. OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT OF PASTURE RESOURCES
7. RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS
8. REFERENCES
9. CONTACTS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

High Nature Value Farming in Europe, 35 European countries – experiences and perspectives

High Nature Value (HNV) farming is inherently valuable for biodiversity and forms a living cultural and natural heritage. HNV farmland comprises semi-natural pastures, meadows and orchards, as well as species-rich arable land, and often retains a wealth of landscape features. HNV farming is present in all European countries, with a diversity of types and extent.

Framework for assessing sustainability levels in belgian agricultural systems

Throughout history and especially during the last century, mankind has made use of technological innovations (e.g. machinery, chemicals, genetic improvement) to increase levels of agricultural production. However, negative impacts of these developments were rarely considered. Nowadays, sufficient evidence exists that the actual production mode may not be sustainable, that is that farming systems may loose their production function in the long term.

Flower meadows

Le bonheur est dans le pré fleuri! Les "prés fleuris" sont dans l'air du temps, en particulier dans les villes, auprès des professionnels des espaces verts et des jardiniers amateurs.