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Nutrient Elements in Grassland: Soil–Plant–Animal Relationships

This excellent book is a compendium of facts and figures concerning various chemical elements that are considered as nutrients for temperate grassland plants and for the ruminant animals (cows and sheep) which forage on these plants. The detail is meticulous, comprehensive and most certainly up to date with more than 1000 references spanning the past 50 years (from 1950 to 2000). The introductory chapter contains useful background information and defines the essentiality of macro- and micro-nutrient elements, describes four broad types of temperate grasslands (natural, semi-natural and managed either intensively or extensively), briefly talks about the significance of legumes in these systems, the factors influencing common plant and animal nutrient deficiencies, summarises nutrient cycling processes and details procedures to avoid major problems with sampling and analysis. Chapter 1 concludes with a brief description of the rationale used throughout the later chapters in the book for constructing mass balances for each of the nutrients. Chapters 2–4 deal with general information about nutrient elements, firstly in soils, secondly in grassland herbage and thirdly in ruminant animals. Chapter 2 describes the influence that parent material has on nutrient composition of soil and the processes governing availability of nutrients for plant uptake http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment Elsevier
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