Tropical Grasslands-Forrajes Tropicales

ISSN: 2346-3775

JCR Impact Factor 2019: 0.703 / Scopus CiteScore 2019: 1.30 / SCImago Journal Rank: 0.37 / Publindex: A2

Tropical Grasslands-Forrajes Tropicales (ISSN official abbreviation: Trop. grassl.-Forrajes trop.) is an international, bilingual, peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal created in 2012 as the result of a merger of the former journal Tropical Grasslands, published from 1967 to 2010 by the Tropical Grassland Society of Australia Inc., and the former journal Pasturas Tropicales, published from 1979 to 2007 by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT, its Spanish acronym). The Journal is published every four months by CIAT in Cali, Colombia, with the issues corresponding to the periods February‒May, June‒September and October‒January, respectively.

The creation of the Journal was made possible through an anonymous donation in memory of the late José M. Toledo, leader of the then CIAT Tropical Pastures Program in the 1980s. The Journal is currently published in association with the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences (CATAS). This allows publication without any article submission and processing charges (APC).

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Tropical Grasslands-Forrajes Tropicales is managed by a 7-member Management Committee, including the two Journal editors. The Journal relies upon a 23-member Editorial Board.The Journal is committed to following standards of ethical behavior as summarized in its Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement.

The Journal editors are Lyle Winks, based in Brisbane, Australia, and responsible for contributions in English language; and Rainer Schultze-Kraft, based in CIAT headquarters, Cali, Colombia, and responsible for contributions in Spanish language.

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Vol 9, No 2 (2021): May 2021


This is the last issue edited by Rainer Schultze-Kraft and Lyle Winks and we would like to give all our gratitude, admiration and respect to them for their outstanding work as editors of the journal. Their committed work to publish excellence in all aspects of tropical forages research is reflected in the quality of the papers published, both in shape and substance, and the steady increase of the rankings and metrics of the journal:

-During their role as editors, Tropical Grasslands-Forrajes Tropicales has published 332 papers, 179 in special issues (119 contributions to the International Grassland Congress 2013 and 60 contributions to the International Leucaena Conference 2018), and 153 in regular issues.

-The Journal is indexed in the core collection of Science Citation Index Expanded and two additional indexes of Clarivate Web of Science, which provides the best-known impact factor indicator (formerly: ISI Journal Impact Factor). The Impact Factor of the Journal for 2019 was 0.703 (for 2018 was 0.441 and for 2017 was 0.389, showing a constant increase). The Impact Factor 2020 will be available in mid-2021.

-TGFT is also indexed in Scopus, and the CiteScore for 2020 is currently 1.60, making a considerable progress since 2017 (0.44), 2018 (0.69) and 2019 (1.30). CiteScore is the way how Scopus measures the impact of its indexed journals.

-The SCImago Journal & Country Rank is a portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus® database (Elsevier B.V.). These indicators can be used to assess and analyze scientific domains. For 2019, the Journal had a score of 0.37 (in 2018 was 0.28), and ranked in the second highest value amongst the set of journals ranked by SJR (Q2).

The journal is in a transition period to the new editors, Dr Jean Hanson, English and Managing Editor and Dr Danilo Pezo, Spanish Editor. Both have worked with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) for many years and have long and broad experience in tropical forages. Jean is an Emeritus fellow with ILRI in Ethiopia and Danilo is currently working with CATIE in Costa Rica. Jean and Danilo bring complimentary expertise to their roles as editors. Jean is a forage scientist working with forage germplasm and seed production, while Danilo is a livestock scientist working with animal nutrition, pastures and silvopastoral options in tropical livestock systems. The new editorial team will continue to well supported by Jose Luis Urrea Communications Specialist at The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, Colombia.

During the transition period, there have been some delays in the publication process and the journal has been unable to accept submissions in Spanish. The new editors are working hard to deal with the pending submissions, but we do apologise for the delays and aim to be back on schedule by the next issue in September 2021.

Table of Contents

Research Papers

Chris H. Wilson, Joao M. Vendramini, Lynn E. Sollenberger, S. Luke Flory
Mariana Pereira, Roberto Giolo de Almeida, Manuel Claudio Motta Macedo, Valéria Ana Corvalã dos Santos, Erick Lemes Gamarra, Joaquín Castro-Montoya, Beatriz Lempp, Maria da Graça Morais
Gabriela Pittaro, Mauro Lifschitz, Miguel Sánchez, Dolores Bustos, José Otondo, María Andrea Tomás
Carlos E. A. Cabral, Aline M. Motta, Alyce R. M. Santos, Fagner J. Gomes, Bruno C. Pedreira, Carla H. A. Cabral
Alvaro Rincón Castillo, Mayra Villalobos
Wubetie Adnew, Berhanu Abraha Tsegay, Asaminew Tassew, Bimrew Asmare
Rahel Kahsay, Yeshambelm Ekuriaw, Bimrew Asmare
Liuxing Xu, Zhaohong Xu, Mingxia Chen, Jianguo Zhang
Joelma de Lira Freire, Mércia Virginia Ferreira dos Santos, José Carlos Batista Dubeux Júnior, Egidio Bezerra Neto, Mário de Andrade Lira, Márcio Vieira da Cunha, Djalma Cordeiro dos Santos, Alexandre Carneiro Leão de Mello, Cristiane Gomes da Silva Oliveira

Short Communications

Takashi Hanagasaki

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