Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

Forage tree legumes in tropical agriculture.

Abstract

This book provides an introduction to forage tree legumes for advanced students of crop science, animal nutrition and forestry. It arose as a compilation and expansion of material presented at international training courses held at the University of Queensland in 1990 and 1992, entitled 'Fodder tree legumes - multipurpose species for agriculture'. The book describes the main genera and species concerned, including Leucaena, Sesbania, Calliandra, Acacia, Prosopis and many others. It is arranged in 7 chapters, each with constituent papers: (1) Introduction (1 paper); (2) Origins and characteristics of the principal forage tree legume species (7 papers); (3) Agronomy and management of tree legumes (6 chapters); (4) Animal production from tree legumes (6 papers, including topics such as nutritive value and antinutritive factors); (5) Multipurpose use of tree legumes in tropical farming systems (2 papers); (6) Insects and diseases of tree legumes (3 papers); (7) Regional studies using tree legumes (6 papers). Most of these issues are applicable worldwide, but a number of case studies on the use of tree legumes in Queensland and Southeast Asia are included.