RHEA - natural Resources Human Environment & Agronomy

 

RHEA is a scientific research centre specialized in rural development and ecosystem management. In the centre of Belgium and Europe, RHEA and its high-qualified researcher's team, lead by Alain Peeters, carries out research and consultancy projects in the fields of agriculture, biodiversity, environment and sustainable development.

 

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.

An international terminology for grazing lands and grazing animals

In 1991, Terminology for Grazing Lands and Grazing Animals was published with the objective of ‘developing a consensus of clear definitions of terms used in the grazing of animals.’ This first effort involved primarily organiza- tions and agencies within the USA but included repre- sentation from New Zealand and Australia. It was the intent from the beginning to expand this to a truly international effort at a later date.