Data from: A novel mechanism for grazing lawn formation: Large herbivore-induced modification of the plant-soil water balance

  • Michiel Veldhuis (Creator)
  • Ruth Howison (Creator)
  • Rienk Fokkema (Creator)
  • Elske Tielens (Creator)
  • Han Olff (Creator)



This study shows that large herbivores might form grazing lawns through previously underestimated effects on water balance. Thus, future studies on large herbivore effects on vegetation should increasingly focus on additional pathways of soil compaction and defoliation. While nutrient‐based processes driving grazing lawn formation may operate during the wet season in savannas, we suggest that water balance‐based processes are additionally important during the dry season.
Data and R scripts available.
Datum van beschikbaarheid20-aug.-2014
UitgeverUniversity of Groningen
Geografische dekkingHluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

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