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Grassland ecosystem services

The multifunctionality of grasslands offers great potential for providing a number of ecosystem services such as quality feed, animal health, quality biomass for energy, soil fertility, environmental benefits, carbon storage and recreational value. The following topics are the focus of this research area:

  • Production of biomass for protein, energy and feed
  • C and N turnover in grassland soils
  • N2-fixation
  • N losses from leys
  • Isotopic techniques
  • Multifunctionality of grasslands
  • Mixed crop rotations
  • Competition in multispecies mixtures
  • Biodiversity