An Overview of Permanent Grassland Grazing Management Practices and the Impacts on Principal Soil Quality Indicators

Filippo Milazzo*, Richard M. Francksen, Mohamed Abdalla, Simone Ravetto Enri, Laura Zavattaro, Marco Pittarello, Stanislav Hejduk, Paul Newell-Price, René L.M. Schils, Pete Smith, Tom Vanwalleghem

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Abstract

Grasslands are at risk of degradation due to unsustainable management practices and climate change. Here, we review the principal soil quality indicators (SQIs) to evaluate the sustainability of different grassland management practices globally. We discuss the importance of SQI assessment and the Soil Quality Minimum Dataset (MDS) specifically in the context of grasslands. We then review two potential solutions, the first of which is adopting grazing management, whereby sustainable grazing management plans (GMPs) offer great potential. The other solution is the development and adoption of novel grassland species, which may improve either drought resistance or infiltration rates, erosion and flooding. Sustainable grassland soil management can promote ecosystem service delivery and improve the resilience of the entire grassland ecosystem to anthropogenic change.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1366
JournalAgronomy
Volume13
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2023

Keywords

  • ecosystem services
  • grazing management
  • management practices
  • permanent grasslands
  • soil quality indicators

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