Tree topkill, not mortality, governs the dynamics of savanna-forest boundaries under frequent fire in central Brazil.

@article{Hoffmann2009TreeTN,
  title={Tree topkill, not mortality, governs the dynamics of savanna-forest boundaries under frequent fire in central Brazil.},
  author={William A Hoffmann and Ryan Adasme and Mundayatan Haridasan and Marina T de Carvalho and Erika L. Geiger and Mireia A B Pereira and Sybil G Gotsch and Augusto C{\'e}sar Franco},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2009},
  volume={90 5},
  pages={1326-37}
}
Tropical savanna and forest are recognized to represent alternate stable states, primarily determined by feedbacks with fire. Vegetation-fire dynamics in each of these vegetation types are largely determined by the influence of the vegetation on fire behavior, as well as the effects of fire behavior on tree mortality, topkill (defined here as complete death of the aerial biomass, regardless of whether the plant recovers by resprouting), and rate of growth of resprouts. We studied the effect of… CONTINUE READING
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