Simulating grazing of a 3-D sward canopy

Simulating grazing of a 3-D sward canopy

Simulating graz­ing of a 3-D sward canopy

The pro­ductiv­ity and sta­bil­ity of grazed grass­land rely on dynamic inter­ac­tions between the sward and the animal. Combes et al. record 3-D can­opy struc­tures of swards of white clover (Trifolium repens) using an elec­tro­mag­netic digit­izer and adap­ted soft­ware, and syn­thes­ize vir­tual can­op­ies in order to cal­cu­late bite mass of graz­ing anim­als and to determ­ine effects on light inter­cep­tion effi­ciency (LIE) of the remain­ing sward. They find that bite mass and LIE val­ues after graz­ing are more strongly affected by the ini­tial struc­ture of the sward than by bite form and placement.

Annals of Botany Office.

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