Grasslands are among the largest ecosystems in the world covering at least 25% of the earth's surface. In addition to providing a source of feed for livestock (dairy, beef, goats, horses, sheep), grasslands and the production of forage plants provide other ecosystem services to society such as soil and water conservation, carbon sequestration, increasing soil fertility, control of agricultural pests, habitat for wildlife, and have potential to serve as an alternative source for the production of bioenergy.
Our work focuses on understanding the factors that determine productivity and resiliency of forage-livestock systems, grass-based bioenergy systems, and the interactions among plants, animals, and the environment. Our overarching goal is to develop information and technology to encourage efficient management of resources in forage-livestock systems.
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