A French study looking at the diversity of crop species in grasslands
has revealed that genetic diversity breeds healthier, more resilient
environments. Researchers from the French state agricultural research institute
(INRA) revealed that, not only does a mix of species of crop benefit
grassland systems, but different varieties - and so a larger range of
genetic diversity - within species also improves health. For optimal production of forage in grasslands it is best to plant several species and a genetically diverse
range of each. They reached this conclusion by studying grasslands’
response to drought.