Special Issue "Impact of Grazing on Sustainability of Rangelands under Changing Climate"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2021.
Interests: range management; plant ecology
Rangelands represent a dominant anthropogenic land use worldwide, making up ~25% of the uncultivated terrestrial land. The central goal of managing rangelands is to maximize the utilization of the forage resource for animal production. Now, however, ecological considerations also play an important role. As open landscapes around the world are subject to heavy grazing, questions are raised about animals’ impacts on the sustainability of the land. These include topics such as soil properties, soil microorganisms, vegetation composition, richness and diversity, wild animals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, and invertebrate groups.
Different grazing management systems are based on the livestock species, stocking rate, infrastructure, land tenure, and socioeconomic context. Increasing grazing intensity can reduce ecosystem resistance, and has a great effect on the ability of the system to recover, and as such large parts of the grazed landscapes have been degraded.
Current climate change models predict a rise in temperatures, a reduction in the number of rainy days, and a higher incidence of extreme events. The multiple effects of grazing and climate change on the sustainability of rangelands can take a negative direction. However, proper grazing management that takes into account all factors can lead to the sustainability of the ecosystems.
This Special Issue will deal with these topics. We welcome novel research articles, reviews, and opinion pieces covering all related issues.
Dr. Zalmen Henkin
Dr. Eli Zaady
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agronomy is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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- range management
- grassland and pasture science
- climate change
- pasture carrying capacity
- plant–animal interface
- production efficiency of rangeland
- soil and plant nutrition
- farming sustainability
- forage yield and nutritive value