I received an e-mail this morning from the African Journal of Agricultural Research, requesting my review of a manuscript titled "An approach for analysis of integrated components on available forage in semi-arid rangelands of Iran." Really, I thought it was spam. But it's not, and that's what makes it even more puzzling. Which of the Lives I Don't Lead was supposed to receive this request?
This is the body of the e-mail that I received:
We received a manuscript titled: An approach for analysis of integrated components on available forage in semi-arid rangelands of Iran.
I wish to inquire if you can create time to review this manuscript and send it to us within two weeks.
Find below the Abstract
This study describes the components of available forage in Vahregan watershed, Central Iran and highlight issues relating to forage endowment and environmental dynamics. In this study, proper use factor and palatability models and their components use to develop the model of available forage and measure it. The components climatic, topography, land systems, vegetation, land use, and grass and shrub species composition changes were analyzed using GIS. In this study source of information are herders, land and livestock owners, research institution, and personal field inspections. Responses to the questionnaires were obtained from local government offices and research on rangelands and analyzed in parallel with the results of detailed interviews with pastoralists. The results of the completed overall model of available forage showed that of the 18346.2 hectares in the range area only 8.36% of the rangeland is in good condition and the rest are in fair (13.8%), poor and very poor (77.82%). About 16812.85 ha (91.64%) of the rangeland area shows a downward trend, only 1533.35 ha (8.36%) upward trend. About half of the rangeland is not favorable for domestic livestock grazing. The range condition situation and its trend in consideration of soil and slope properties in this study indicates that the rangeland in Vahregan is a fragile production system, sensitive to soil erosion and rangeland degradation, so for a long time sustainable exploitation should be goes to minimize land degradation in the future, proper management and sustainable exploitation should be implemented in the future.
Keywords: forage production, palatability, proper use, semi-arid rangeland, GIS, Iran.
Also attached is the full manuscript, instruction for author and reviewer's guide.
Yanno... if I were slightly less busy, I'd be tempted to try it. I could start working on my International Development street cred again.