A Disease-Mediated Trophic Cascade in the Serengeti and its Implications for Ecosystem C

@inproceedings{Holdo2009ADT,
  title={A Disease-Mediated Trophic Cascade in the Serengeti and its Implications for Ecosystem C},
  author={Ricardo M. Holdo and Anthony R. E. Sinclair and Andrew P Dobson and Kristine L. Metzger and Benjamin M Bolker and Mark E. Ritchie and Robert D. Holt},
  booktitle={PLoS biology},
  year={2009}
}
Tree cover is a fundamental structural characteristic and driver of ecosystem processes in terrestrial ecosystems, and trees are a major global carbon (C) sink. Fire and herbivores have been hypothesized to play dominant roles in regulating trees in African savannas, but the evidence for this is conflicting. Moving up a trophic scale, the factors that regulate fire occurrence and herbivores, such as disease and predation, are poorly understood for any given ecosystem. We used a Bayesian state… CONTINUE READING