Mound building termites contribute to savanna vegetation heterogeneity

@article{Moe2009MoundBT,
  title={Mound building termites contribute to savanna vegetation heterogeneity},
  author={Stein R. Moe and Ragnhild Mob{\ae}k and Anne Kjersti Narmo},
  journal={Plant Ecology},
  year={2009},
  volume={202},
  pages={31-40}
}
With biomass densities comparable to large ungulates and megaherbivores, termites play a key functional role in many tropical savanna ecosystems. This study focuses on vegetated termite mounds (termitaria) constructed by the Termitidae species Macrotermes herus. We studied how resource rich termitaria affect graminoid herbs (Poaceae and Cyperaceae), forbs and woody species composition and diversity. The density of termitaria explained 89% of the variation in dense thickets in the area. Fire… Expand

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