Grasslands—more important for ecosystem services than you might think

  title={Grasslands—more important for ecosystem services than you might think},
  author={Jan Christer Bengtsson and James M Bullock and Benis Nchine Egoh and Colin S. Everson and Teresa Everson and Timothy J. O'connor and Patrick John O'Farrell and H. Gregory Smith and Regina Lindborg},
Extensively managed grasslands are recognized globally for their high biodiversity and their social and cultural values. However, their capacity to deliver multiple ecosystem services (ES) as parts of agricultural systems is surprisingly understudied compared to other production systems. We undertook a comprehensive overview of ES provided by natural and semi-natural grasslands, using southern Africa (SA) and northwest Europe as case studies, respectively. We show that these grasslands can… CONTINUE READING

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