Southern African pasture and forage science entering the 21st century : past to present

Show simple item record Truter, Wayne Frederick Botha, Philip R. Dannhauser, Chris S. Maasdorp, Barbara V. Miles, Neil Smith, Albert Snyman, Hennie A. Tainton, Neil M. 2016-06-06T06:25:45Z 2016-06-06T06:25:45Z 2015-04
dc.description.abstract Given the global challenges of mitigating and alleviating land degradation and ensuring food security, particularly through protein production, pasture and forage science together with rangeland science will remain imperative to sustainable livestock production systems. Recognising the scientific principles developed in this discipline the past 50 years and more in Southern Africa, customary to our diverse and unique environmental conditions will continue to guide and identify future research priorities. A journey from the past to the present can assist in avoiding reinvention and repetition of pasture research. This review highlights how research priorities have either remained the same over time or where research has received less or more priority. The review further illustrates that there has been more interest in species adaptation to drought, pasture and forage water relations, alternative pasture and forage species, and the combination of pasture species in the 21st century than in the 20th century. In conclusion, the soil–plant– livestock complex can serve as a conceptual basis for more effective research together with pasture breeding and nutrition. Finally, researching pasture and forage sciences in an inter- and multi-disciplinary manner clearly supports the principles of holism applied by General JC Smuts, one of the first pioneers of pasture and forage sciences. en_ZA
dc.description.department Plant Production and Soil Science en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hb2016 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Wayne F Truter, Philip R Botha, Chris S Dannhauser, Barbara V Maasdorp, Neil Miles, Albert Smith, Hennie A Snyman & Neil M Tainton (2015) Southern African pasture and forage science entering the 21st century: past to present, African Journal of Range & Forage Science, 32:2, 73-89, DOI: 10.2989/10220119.2015.1054429. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1022-0119 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1727-9380 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.2989/10220119.2015.1054429
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en_ZA
dc.rights © NISC (Pty) Ltd. This is an electronic version of an article published in African Journal of Range and Forage Science, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 73-89, 2015. doi : 10.2989/10220119.2015.1054429. African Journal of Range and Forage Science is available online at : 10.2989/10220119.2015.1054429. en_ZA
dc.subject Alternative species en_ZA
dc.subject Drought adaptation en_ZA
dc.subject Forage en_ZA
dc.subject Livestock production systems en_ZA
dc.subject Pasture en_ZA
dc.subject Water relations en_ZA
dc.title Southern African pasture and forage science entering the 21st century : past to present en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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