Effect of animal husbandry on herbivore-carrying capacity at a regional scale

  title={Effect of animal husbandry on herbivore-carrying capacity at a regional scale},
  author={Mart{\'i}n Oesterheld and Osvaldo E. Sala and Samuel J. McNaughton},
ALL significant properties of the herbivore trophic level, including biomass, consumption and productivity, are significantly correlated with primary productivity across a broad range of terrestrial ecosystems1,2. Here we show that livestock biomass in South American agricultural ecosystems across a 25-fold gradient of primary productivity exhibited a relationship with a slope essentially identical to unmanaged ecosystems, but with a substantially greater y-intercept. Therefore the biomass of… CONTINUE READING
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