The Rangeland Research Institute provides researchers with opportunity to conduct a wide range of short- and long-term research projects focused on providing a solid scientific foundation for the sustainable management of rangelands.

We support research that combines expertise and approaches from a variety of academic disciplines and addresses issues related to the competing demands of ecosystem conservation and resource use, including energy exploration and extraction, grazing, water management, wildlife management and biodiversity conservation, and sustainable landscape management.

Read the University of Alberta Beef and Range Report, published in August 2014.

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Grazing effects on the plant-pollinator relationship: a contrast of native legumes with an invasive (Astragalus cicer L.)

Native pollinators experienced a rapid decline in abundance as a result of large scale agricultural conversion across the Canadian prairies and remaining grasslands are important habitat for these species. Pollinators and flowering plants have a mutualistic relationship in which pollinators facilitate plant reproduction and the plants provide nectar and pollen to the insects. However, invasion of grasslands by non-native plants can greatly alter the availability of floral resources for pollinato...
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Biophysical quantification and mapping of soil quality at the Mattheis Research Ranch

Forage productivity, quality and persistence are essential factors for the success and profitability of rangeland operations. Good soil quality is critical for achieving and sustaining these outcomes; it enhances plant performance by facilitating root growth, and also supports other ecosystem services such as water storage and purification, flood regulation and greenhouse gases mitigation. Ranchers and farmers need information on the status of soil quality in their lands so that they can subsequ...
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