Termite Mounds Increase Functional Diversity of Woody Plants in African Savannas

@article{Joseph2014TermiteMI,
  title={Termite Mounds Increase Functional Diversity of Woody Plants in African Savannas},
  author={Grant S. Joseph and Colleen L. Seymour and Graeme S Cumming and David H. M. Cumming and Zacheus Mahlangu},
  journal={Ecosystems},
  year={2014},
  volume={17},
  pages={808-819}
}
Fine-scale spatial heterogeneity influences biodiversity and ecosystem productivity at many scales. In savanna systems, Macrotermes termites, through forming spatially explicit mounds with unique woody plant assemblages, emerge as important sources of such heterogeneity. Despite a growing consensus regarding the importance of functional diversity (FD) to ecosystem processes, no study has quantified how termite mounds affect woody plant FD. We address whether termite mounds alter the… CONTINUE READING