SOFT (Selection of Forages for the Tropics)

Tropical Forages is a powerful tool for selecting forage species suitable for local conditions in the tropics and subtropics. It is invaluable for agricultural researchers and extension officers involved in improving animal production. Tropical Forages allows you to speedily: - Identify forage species suitable for your climate, soils, production system and management via a selection tool built on LUCID™. - Access comprehensive information on these species with details of adaptation, uses and management of forage species, cultivars and elite accessions. - View images of the plants and their use. - Search a comprehensive database of scientific references with abstracts. Users can be guided through the Lucid selection tool with Help notes and tutorials. A detailed glossary explains botanical and management terms.

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Website http://www.tropicalforages.info/
Contributing organisations International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F)
Contact person Brigitte Maass
Alternate contact Michael Peters, Jean Hanson
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Tool manual/User guide Cook, B.G., Pengelly, B.C., Brown, S.D., Donnelly, J.L., Eagles, D.A., Franco, M.A., Hanson, J., Mullen, B.F., Partridge, I.J., Peters, M. and Schultze-Kraft, R. 2005. Tropical Forages: an interactive selection tool., [CD-ROM], CSIRO, DPI&F(Qld), CIAT and ILRI, Brisbane, Australia.
Citation Cook, B.G., Pengelly, B.C., Brown, S.D., Donnelly, J.L., Eagles, D.A., Franco, M.A., Hanson, J., Mullen, B.F., Partridge, I.J., Peters, M. and Schultze-Kraft, R. 2005. Tropical Forages: an interactive selection tool., [CD-ROM], CSIRO, DPI&F(Qld), CIAT and ILRI, Brisbane, Australia.