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... The pressures of human population, social and economic organizations, and land use and resource exploitation patterns also differ widely between the two societies. These similarities and differences provide an excellent opportunity for scientists and laymen in China and the United States to learn more about their own country 1
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... On the other hand, the Chinese use "grassland" to cover all types of vegetation that are exploited as forage for grazing or browsing animals, including grasses, shrubs, and trees- making this term synonymous with "grazingland" as used in the United States. Chinese grassland scientists and institutions, as they describe themselves and as described in this report, study the entire spectrum of arid and semiarid ecosystems, not just those areas dominated by grasses.
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... In September 1990, a delegation composed of Dr. lames Ellis, associate director of the Natural Resources Ecology Laboratory of Colorado State University and a leading expert on grazingland ecosystems, Dr.
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... Third, members of the panel should draft, and the panel as a whole approve, a concluding chapter discussing certain key issues raised directly or indirectly by their Chinese colleagues in the literature reviews and site visits. Finally, the panel concluded that with these changes and additions, the report would fulfill the stated goal of providing valuable and timely information on the current state of grassland sciences in China and would make a significant contribution to advancing scholarship and scholarly collaboration in this field.
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... The research institutes of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Academy of Agricultural Sciences continue to play a dominant role, to deepen research efforts in their respective areas of expertise, and to limit the movement of people and ideas across institutional lines. China and Chinese science were closed to the outside world in the 1960s and early 1970s, at the time ecosystem science was being transformed by new concepts, as exemplified by the International Biological Program (IBP)
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... In the concluding chapter (Chapter 14) , members of the National Academy of Sciences review panel offer their comments on some of the key issues raised in this study, the way these issues have been treated in China and elsewhere, and the challenge scientists throughout the world face in attempting to deal with these issues, now and in the future.

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