Submitted to: Crop Science
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/14/2005
Publication Date: 8/26/2005
Citation: Casler, M.D. 2005. Wild and sown grasses - A book review. Crop Science. 45:2137. Interpretive Summary: This book review should be useful to all students, professionals, and researchers interested in temperate grassland agriculture. The review describes the contents of the book and provides a critical assessment of its value to these groups of people.
Technical Abstract: Grasslands are the foundation of livestock agriculture throughout much of the world. Many of the species that occupy natural grasslands have also become the foundation of outdoor sports, recreation, and conservation activities. In his new book, Dr. Peeters profiles 43 temperate grass species belonging to 23 genera. These grasses all originated in temperate Europe, but many have spread throughout temperate regions of the world. The book was written for students, professionals, and researchers of grassland agriculture. It is divided into seven chapters: (1) Introduction, (2) Importance and Diversity of Grasses and Grass Communities, (3) Diversity of Grass Uses, (4) Morphology and Physiology of Grasses, (5) Profiles of Individual Grass Species, (6) Advantages of Wild or Secondary Grasses and Complex Multispecies and Multivariety Mixtures, and (7) Some Prospects for Wild and Little-selected Species.