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Burke, A. 1997. The impact of large herbivores on floral composition and vegetation structure in the Naukluft Mountains, Namibia. Biodiversity and Conservation, 6(9): 1203-1217


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The impact of large herbivores on floral composition and vegetation structure in the Naukluft Mountains, Namibia.

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Floral composition and vegetation structure were investigated on the Naukluft Mountain Plateau to determine (i) whether or not grazing has had an impact on the flora of the Naukluft Mountains during the last two decades and (ii) if so, whether vegetation recovery is influenced by the nature of the rainy season. Vegetation subjected to grazing to large herbivores and vegetation excluded from grazing for 18 and 19 years was compared. Based on classification (TWINSPAN) and ordination (detrended and canonical correspondence analysis) of 20, 10 × 10 m stands within and outside exclosures in two seasons, a clear difference in floristic composition between grazed and not grazed areas was indicated. Keywords: grazing pressure, Namib fringe, rangeland management, semi-arid, savanna vegetation.

Year: 1997

Type: Journal Article

URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/u271173654h65114/


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