Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

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Biomass production and forage quality in multispecies swards.


Multispecies mixtures of legumes and grasses offer potential advantages over the perennial ryegrass monocultures and binary white clover-perennial ryegrass mixtures usually sown in temperate pastures. These include greater productivity, increased resistance to unsown species invasion and improved forage quality. An experiment comprising eight experimental communities containing different proportions of birdsfoot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus), red clover (Trifolium pratense), a high-sugar perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) and timothy (Phleum pratense) was established and results are presented from three years of measurements.