With the intensification of agriculture during the last century, the number of grass species was reduced: A small number of species have come to dominate the grasslands and the seed market. A documented plea for a re-evaluation of spontaneous grasses, this book contains profiles of 43 temperate species, many of which are regaining importance in the context of agricultural intensification. Each profile includes a description of the plant, agronomic characteristics, ecological requirements, and normal and unusual uses. Wild and Sown Grasses is an invaluable work of reference for students of agriculture, lecturers, researchers, consultants, ecologists, nature conservationists, and others involved in the diverse uses of grass communities. Includes illustrations.