Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Current Competitive Grant

The complex role of tall fescue in grassland ecology

Project ID: E2012-01

This 3-year grant for $86,333 was awarded in 2012.

Location: Ringgold county

The effects of grazing and burning management on tallgrass prairie remnants and restorations are explored. Researchers investigate the potential of fire and grazing interaction to reduce tall fescue abundance and/or alter the endophyte infection rates of tall fescue, an exotic grass commonly used as forage for beef cattle and that also shows up as a prairie invasive.

Diane Debinski

Diane Debinski Diane Debinski is a professor in the Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology Department at Iowa State University. She pursues research and teaching in conservation biology, landscape ecology and restoration ecology. Specific areas of research include biodiversity assessment with remote sensing and GIS applications, metapopulation dynamics, habitat fragmentation, population viability assessment, prairie restoration and agroecology. [Contact lead investigator]


Rebecca McCulley, University of Kentucky Plant and Soil Sciences; Dave Engle and John Derek Scasta, Oklahoma State University Natural Resource Ecology and Management

This competitive grant project is part of the Leopold Center's Ecology Initiative.

Topics: Animal management and forage, Economic and environmental impacts