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Today is the Day of Random (Lives I Don't Lead?): Agricultural manuscript review 
22nd-Nov-2010 09:33 am
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:

Dear Colleague,

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.
22nd-Nov-2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
22nd-Nov-2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
Laugh. You lead such varied and multiple lives.
But truly,how much time have you spent thinking about the issue of forage in the semi-arid range lands of Iran? Before the e-mail, I mean. Could you bend your mind to it now? And is it going to bug you now that the thought has been planted?
22nd-Nov-2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
Indeed, sometimes I wonder what my alternate identities do for their day jobs. And while I haven't really paid much attention to forage issues in the middle east, I probably will go ahead and read this as soon as I have the time. Because yes, it will bug me if I don't.
22nd-Nov-2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
you'll have to tell me what you find out...because it is bugging me now too.
22nd-Nov-2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
Hey, would you mind emailing me a copy? I actually took a course in rangeland management in grad school, although we weren't really incorporating GIS at that point.
22nd-Nov-2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
I sent it to ...@thisspace... I hope that was the correct address.
22nd-Nov-2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's the one. A little light reading for this evening. :)
23rd-Nov-2010 04:10 am (UTC)
I like to imagine that all of these others are actully you in differnt timelines and the internet just keeps filtering all of "your" messages back to the source you.
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