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The Biology of Grasslands

Brian J. Wilsey


This accessible text provides a concise but comprehensive introduction to the biology of global grasslands. Grasslands are vast in their extent, with native and non-native grasslands now covering approximately 50 percent of the global terrestrial environment. They are also of vital importance to humans, providing essential ecosystem services and some of the most important areas for the production of food and fibre worldwide. It has been estimated that 60 percent of calories consumed by humans originate from grasses, and most grain consumed is produced in areas that were formerly grasslands or ... More

Keywords: grasslands, rangelands, grazing, fire, biofuels, grasses, ecosystem services, conservation, restoration, habitat

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198744511
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198744511.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian J. Wilsey, author
Professor, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA