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Tropical Forage Plants

Development and Use, 1st Edition

Edited by W.D. Pitman, Antonio Sotomayor-Rios

CRC Press

408 pages

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Tropical Forage Plants: Development and Use covers the research and resulting pasture development in the tropics and subtropics, which has undergone dramatic changes in the past few decades. Providing a broad, global perspective, it serves as a comprehensive resource covering a wide range of subjects pertaining to forage and animal production in the tropics and subtropics including such aspects as agronomy, pasture management, forage plant breeding, soils, plant nutrition, and disease management and control.

The book presents extensive coverage of the technical aspects of forage-based agriculture in the tropics. It addresses both the scientific aspects of this technology and its practical application. The editors integrate the extensive research on tropical forage species in the western hemisphere with that of global research efforts. They provide over 15,000 references that lay the groundwork for further research.

The editors have assembled an excellent mixture of theorists and applied scientists giving the book wide-ranging, interdisciplinary appeal. In addition to providing extensive coverage of development and usage globally, Tropical Forage Plants: Development and Use presents the key aspects of selecting, breeding, and managing superior pastures in the tropics in the context of meeting local needs and global environmental concerns.


"Tropical forage plants represent an enormous potential for use in developing sustainable, integrated agricultural production systems in the tropics everywhere. This book contributes through synthesis of information to a global overview of tropical plants, their potential and constraints, their use and importance, and current research activities."

-Cacilda Borges do Valle, Embrapa - National Center for Beef Cattle Research, Brazil, in Crop Science, Vol. 42, No. 2, 2002

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Tropical Environment

Land Resources for Forage Production in the Tropics, F.H. Beinroth

Environmental Constraints to Tropical Forage Plant Adaptation and Productivity, W.D. Pitman

The Tropical Forage Plants and their Development

Germplasm Resources of Tropical Forage Grasses, A.E. Kretschmer, Jr. and W.D. Pitman

Germplasm Resources of Tropical Forage Legumes, A.E. Kretschmer, Jr. and W.D. Pitman

Breeding and Improvement of Tropical Grasses, B.L. Burson and B.A. Young

Tropical Forage Legume Breeding, K.H. Quesenberry and D.S. Wofford

Contraints and Developments in the Enhancement of Tropical Forage Grasses of Economic Importance, A. Sotomayor-Ríos and S.C. Shank

Biotechnology in Tropical Forage Crops, R. Smith

Use of Tropical Forages

Seed Production Technology of Tropical Forages, S.H. West and W.D. Pitman

Intensive Management of Forage Grasses in the Humid Tropics, J. Vicente-Chandler

Pennisetums and Sorghums in an Integrated Feeding System in the Tropics, W. Hanna and S. Torres-Cardona

The Effects of Arthopods, Diseases, and Nematodes on Tropical Pastures, S.L. Lapointe and R.M. Sonoda

Animal Production in Grass-Legume Pastures in the Tropics, C.E. Lascano

Conservation of Forages in the Tropics and Subtropics, R.N. Gallaher and W.D. Pitman

Importance of Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation in Tropical Forage Legume Production, E.C. Schröder

Contribution of Rangelands to Animal Production in the Tropics, J. San José

Global Review of the Latest Research on Tropical Forages

Current Developments from Tropical Forage Research in Australia, R.J. Jones

Current Developments from Tropical Forage Research in Africa, M.B. Adjei and J.P. Muir

Contrasts in Current Developments with Tropical Forage Research in Asia and the Americas, W.D. Pitman

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General