Managed livestock grazing is compatible with the maintenance of plant diversity in semidesert grasslands.

  title={Managed livestock grazing is compatible with the maintenance of plant diversity in semidesert grasslands.},
  author={Roderick J. Fensham and Jenny Lesley Silcock and Jennifer Firn},
  journal={Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America},
  volume={24 3},
  • R. Fensham, J. Silcock, J. Firn
  • Published 2014
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America
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