Effects of Erosion from Mounds of Different Termite Genera on Distinct Functional Grassland Types in an African Savannah

@inproceedings{Gosling2011EffectsOE,
  title={Effects of Erosion from Mounds of Different Termite Genera on Distinct Functional Grassland Types in an African Savannah},
  author={Cleo M. Gosling and Joris P G M Cromsigt and Nokukhanya Mpanza and Han Olff},
  booktitle={Ecosystems},
  year={2011}
}
A key aspect of savannah vegetation heterogeneity is mosaics formed by two functional grassland types, bunch grasslands, and grazing lawns. We investigated the role of termites, important ecosystem engineers, in creating high-nutrient patches in the form of grazing lawns. Some of the ways termites can contribute to grazing lawn development is through erosion of soil from aboveground mounds to the surrounding soil surface. This may alter the nutrient status of the surrounding soils. We… CONTINUE READING

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