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Integrating foraging attributes of domestic livestock breeds into sustainable systems for grassland biodiversity and wider countryside benefits

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-1999-30130
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-04-2001
Duration: 54 months
Total cost: 2,123,197 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,453,961 EUR
Scientific Officer: Richard HARDWICK
Research topic: 5.1.1. Sustainable agriculture/Animal Systems

Abstract:
The objective is to identify sustainable grazing management practices for maintaining and enhancing biodiverse grasslands. The effects of the management system (targeted at production or at biodiversity) and animal breed (commercial or rustic) on botanical, structural and invertebrate biodiversity will be quantified and the socio-economic costs and benefits evaluated.

Integrated investigations in five countries will comprise the following tasks:
1. compilation of a web-resident European database of research relevant to the management of biodiverse grasslands;
2. comparison of animal foraging behaviour;
3. comparison of agronomic output;
4. comparison of botanical and structural biodiversity;
5 comparison of vertebrate and invertebrate biodiversity; and
6 socio-economic evaluation.

The results will allow improved recommendations for the integrated management of biodiverse grasslands.


Coordinator
A.J. ROOK
Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research
Okehampton
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1837 883548
Fax: +44 1837 82139
E-mail: aj.rook@bbsrc.ac.uk


Partners
  Michel PETIT
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique
St Genes Champanelle
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 4 73 624433
Fax: +33 4 73 624452
E-mail: Michel.Petit@sancy.clermont.inra.fr
  Johannes ISSELSTEIN
Georg-August-Universitaet Goettingen
Goettingen
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 551 393792
Fax: +49 551 393797
  Koldo OSORO
Centro de Investigacion Aplicada y Tecnologia Agroalimentaria
Villaviciosa / Asturias
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 985105637
  Michiel WALLIS DE VRIES
Stichting Vlinderonderzoek
Wageningen
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel.: +31 317467346
Fax: +31 317467346
E-mail: vlinders@bos.nl
  Giuseppe PARENTE
Provincia di Pordenone, Servizio Agricoltura
Pordenone
ITALY
Tel.: +39 0434532060
Fax: +39 0434540009
E-mail: jparente@tin.it
  Peter GASKELL
Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education
Cheltenham
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1242 544083
Fax: +44 1242 543273
E-mail: pgaskell@chelt.ac.uk