Proceedings of the New Zealand Ecological Society (1972) 19: 173- 174

Grassland ecology

Book Review
Ian G. Crook  

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This relatively short book (200 pages) consists of an introduction to grasslands, ecology and ecosystems (six pages) and 20 chapters and an appendix on various facets of grassland ecology. Chapters two to eight discuss the plant as an individual, as a part of populations and the efficiency of primary production. Chapters 9-14 deal with the fauna of grassland, grass as a food for ruminant and non-ruminant herbivores, the nutrient cycle and grazing. Various aspects of animal production occupy chapters 15-19 and the final chapter discusses the contribution of grasslands to man in terms of work, clothing, food, etc.