Escaping the flames: large termitaria as refugia from fire in miombo woodland

  title={Escaping the flames: large termitaria as refugia from fire in miombo woodland},
  author={Grant S. Joseph and Colleen L. Seymour and Graeme S Cumming and Zacheus Mahlangu and David H. M. Cumming},
  journal={Landscape Ecology},
At finer scales, spatial heterogeneity can influence fire intensity and severity. To test whether Macrotermes termite mounds act as fire refugia for woody plants, we assessed effects of fire on individual plants, woody plant structure and composition in a miombo woodland in Zimbabwe, where elephants have decreased tree cover, leading to increased grass cover, fuelling greater intensity fires. We compared exposure to fire on 47 paired mound-matrix plots at three sites. Mound-based woody plants… CONTINUE READING

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