Browsing and fire interact to suppress tree density in an African savanna.

  title={Browsing and fire interact to suppress tree density in an African savanna.},
  author={Ann Carla Staver and William J Bond and William David Stock and Sue Janse Van Rensburg and Matthew S. Waldram},
  journal={Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America},
  volume={19 7},
Disturbances from fire and herbivory strongly affect savanna vegetation dynamics. In some savannas, fire especially may be instrumental in preserving the coexistence of trees and grasses. The role of herbivory by large mammals is less clear; herbivory has been shown variously to promote and to suppress tree establishment. Here we ask how interactions between herbivory and fire act to shape savanna vegetation dynamics via their effects on tree populations in Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park in KwaZulu… CONTINUE READING
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