The Ecology of Browsing and Grazing

  • Iain J. Gordon
  • Herbert H. T. Prins

Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 195)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Iain J. Gordon, Herbert H. T. Prins
    Pages 1-20
  3. Marcus Clauss, Thomas Kaiser, Jürgen Hummel
    Pages 47-88
  4. Alan J. Duncan, Dennis P. Poppi
    Pages 89-116
  5. Christina Skarpe, Alison J. Hester
    Pages 217-261
  6. Spike E. van Wieren, Jan P. Bakker
    Pages 263-292
  7. Jean-Michel Gaillard, Patrick Duncan, Sip E. van Wieren, Anne Loison, François Klein, Daniel Maillard
    Pages 293-307
  8. Iain J. Gordon, Herbert H. T. Prins
    Pages 309-321
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 323-328

About this book


Extensive grazing and browsing by domestic and wild herbivores shape the vegetation composition, structure and dynamics of many terrestrial ecosystems. This volume investigates how large herbivores not only influence the structure and distribution of the vegetation, but also affect nutrient flows and the responses of associated fauna. The mechanisms and processes underlying the herbivores' behaviour, distribution, movement and direct impact on the vegetation, and the dynamics of nutrients, plant species, and vegetation composition in terrestrial ecosystems are discussed in detail. It is shown that an understanding of plant/animal interactions can provide practical advice on the management of large herbivores to integrate production and conservation in terrestrial systems, particularly in the face of environmental and climate change.


Fauna Grasen Grazing Vegetation Verbiss biodiversity browsing ecology environment mammalian herbivores pflanzenfressende Säugetiere production terrestrial ecosystem ungulates Ökologie

Editors and affiliations

  • Iain J. Gordon
    • 1
  • Herbert H. T. Prins
    • 2
  1. 1.PMB PO AitkenvaleAustralia
  2. 2.Wageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

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