#36 Managing a diverse landscape for healthy and productive animals with Fred Provenza
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Fred Provenza is a researcher in behavioural ecology who has carried out fascinating research on the nutritional wisdom of animals, on their ability to select their diet and learn. We explore with him the practical implications of his research. He explains why a biodiverse landscape is crucial to animal health and what tools we have to favour such a foraging environment. We explore at length how to train animals either to avoid certains plants or to introduce new plants into their foraging habits.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
01:42 Fred's story
08:35 Nutritional wisdom of living creatures
17:25 Pratical applications
24:08 How do trees and shrubs contribute to an animal’s diet
30:59 How can farmers act upon these insights
38:54 Training animals to avoid certain species
42:47 Eating tree bark : looking for tanins
52:32 How do you promote beneficial plants?
58:04 Resource availability and diversity
01:01:28 Fertility and secondary compounds
01:05:38 Introducing new plants to an animal’s diet
01:09:28 Toxicity of certain plants
01:11:43 How much is training and how much is genetics?
01:21:48 Animal’s ability to balance their diet
01:27:32 Planning the movement of the animals
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