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Record number 547975
Title Assessment of browsed plants in a sub-tropical forest frontier by means of fuzzy inference
Author(s) Dechnik-Vázquez, Yanus A.; García-Barrios, Luis; Ramírez-Marcial, Neptalí; Noordwijk, Meine van; Alayón-Gamboa, Armando
Source Journal of Environmental Management 236 (2019). - ISSN 0301-4797 - p. 163 - 181.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.01.071
Department(s) PE&RC
Plant Production Systems
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2019
Keyword(s) Agroforestry - Browsing - Cattle - Fuzzy inference - Silvopastoral systems
Abstract

Browsing of forest frontiers by cattle in sub-tropical landscapes is detrimental to ecosystem health, but essential to smallholder livelihoods. We described a silvopastoral landscape, searching for browsed plants to assess how much of the forest is actually used for this end, and also searching for potential new useful species for silvopastoral purposes. The first objective was accomplished through a floristic description, making observations of individuals with browsing marks. Information from interviews, bromatological analyses and vegetative propagation tests further complemented this information to achieve the second objective. We classified the results using Fuzzy Inference Systems (FISs). A great variety of nutritious browsed plants was found, distributed across various types of vegetation, growth habits and taxonomic groups: forest frontiers already are like silvopastoral systems. Various plants like Acalypha leptopoda, Montanoa tomentosa and Verbesina perymenioides are interesting prospects for further intensification of silvopastoral systems.

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