Importance and Functions of Grasslands

  • Lucien CARLIER Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research: Unit Plant, Crop Husbandry and Environment, Burg. Van Gansberghelaan, 109, 9820 Merelbeke
  • Ioan ROTAR University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Cluj-Napoca, 3-5 Manstur Str., 400372
  • Mariana VLAHOVA AgroBioInstitute, Dragan Tsankov Bld, 8, 1164, Sofia
  • Roxana VIDICAN University of Agricultural Science and Veterinary Medicine, 3-5 Manastur St., 400372 Cluj-Napoca

Abstract

Grasslands, mixture of grass, clover and other leguminous species, dicotyledonous, herbs and shrubs, contribute to a high degree to the struggle against erosion and to the regularizing of water regimes, to the purification of fertilizers and pesticides and to biodiversity and they have aesthetic role and recreational function as far as they provide public access that other agricultural uses do not allow. Grassland will continue to be an important form of land use in Europe, but with increased diversity in management objectives and systems used. Besides its role as basic nutrient for herbivores and ruminants, grasslands have opportunities for an adding value by exploiting positive health characteristics in animal products from grassland and through the delivery of environmental benefits. But even for grassland it is very difficult to create a good frame for its different tasks (1) the provision of forage for livestock, (2) protection and conservation of soil and water resources, (3) furnishing a habitat for wildlife, both flora and fauna and (4) contribution to the attractiveness of the landscape. Nevertheless it is the only crop able to fulfil so many tasks and to fit so many requirements. In this article the focus is limited to the grass and clover components of the grasslands.

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CARLIER, L., ROTAR, I., VLAHOVA, M., & VIDICAN, R. (1). Importance and Functions of Grasslands. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca, 37(1), 25-30. https://doi.org/10.15835/nbha3713090
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