Management Alternatives for Semi-Natural Grassland - Dry Matter Production, Botanical Composition and Suitability of Harvested Biomass for Heat Generation

U. Thumm & I. Lewandowski
Semi-natural grassland often has a high biodiversity and is therefore of great interest for nature conservation. As the produced biomass is often no longer usable for animal nutrition, mulching without removal of biomass or utilization of the biomass for energy production are new management alternatives. Therefore the effect of cutting and mulching on botanical composition and biomass production of an unfertilized meadow was tested in a long term field experiment and compared with an uncut...