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The demanding situations dealing with grassland agronomists have gotten more and more advanced, with environmental and moral matters assuming a better value along extra traditional technical elements. This new improved variation, with an elevated emphasis on platforms considering, has been revised to mirror present issues, wisdom and perform. As such it addresses the necessity for a special method of grassland agronomy, delivering novel and provocative fabric to show, stimulate and enthuse the reader.

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Fire and other forms of manipulation of herds of herbivores were some of the ¢rst `grassland management' tools; grass ¢res destroy old vegetation and game are attracted to the fresh growth. Many of the early nomads followed the migratory routes of the large herds of herbivores, such as the wildebeest of east Africa and the reindeer of northern Europe. Nomads moved from pasture to pasture: the word `nomad' is derived from the Greek word `nomos', meaning pasture. "). Fagan ("ñðå) described the domestication of plants and animals as one of the most momentous 18 The emergence of grassland systems the earth, which show vivid examples of landuse change and rain forest destruction.

Reid, personal communication, "ññã). Domestication during phase â has been con¢ned mostly to selection of plants that are immediately useful in agriculture from wild populations. g. generation of within- and between- species tetraploids. This emphasis on selecting already-appropriate types led to analyses of climate and the relative importance of particular genera, so that collecting trips could focus on areas where there was greatest probability of ¢nding a useful type (Hartley, "ñäð). It also caused the development of methods for measuring plant attributes and their analysis through multivariate clustering programmes: Burt & Williams ("ñæä), for example, devised a technique for representing both the morphological and developmental variation among a collection of introduced plants (most notably, Stylosanthes) and also their agronomic characteristics, so that they might match the plant characteristics to the attributes of the climates from which they had been collected and for which the programme wished to ¢nd new plants.

J. & ISON, R. L. â). Ten thousand years ago almost everyone in the world was hunting and gathering but by áòòò years ago these were in a minority. Agriculture is literally de¢ned as the science and art of cultivating the soil, including the allied pursuits of gathering-in crops and rearing livestock. It made possible a sedentary lifestyle and as the word itself suggests it gave rise to what we now call `culture'. Agriculture of course did not precede peoples' capacity to develop technologies, but made possible the development of many more practices and tools that we recognize as technologies today.

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