Tree legumes can provide fuelwood, nutrient-rich mulch, erosion control and land stabilisation, as well as other products such as food and fencing materials for farmers. However, one of their major uses is as a source of high quality forage for ruminants. In developing countries, forage tree legumes contribute high protein herbage to supplement crop residues and other low quality feeds. In developed countries, tree legumes can provide the basis for highly productive intensive grazing systems. In recognition of this interest, The University of Queensland conducted international training courses in 1990 and 1992 entitled Fodder Tree Legumes-Multipurpose Species for Agriculture. Participants were agronomists, animal nutritionists, agroforesters and extension personnel from over 20 countries.
The course comprised a series of lectures, practical demonstrations and field visits to familiarise participants with the production and use of tree legumes. The text of this book is a compilation and expansion of the material presented at the course together with contributions from leading scientists in the field working in other regions of the world. The book therefore provides a comprehensive coverage of the latest information on the major tropical forage tree legume species, and their evaluation and utilisation in sustainable agricultural production systems.
In: Fodder Tree Legumes in Tropical Agriculture. Gutteridge, R. C. and Shelton, H.M.J. (Eds.). pp. 30-48. CABI, Wallingford, UK.
Gliricidia sepium - a multipurpose fodder tree legume