The importance of herbivore interactions for the dynamics of African savanna woodlands: An hypothesis

J Van de Koppel*, HHT Prins

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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Current hypotheses to explain dynamic transitions between savanna grasslands and woodlands in Africa focus on grazing by elephant or the influence of fire. Using a simple mathematical model, this paper argues that interactions between small herbivores such as impala or buffalo and large herbivores such as elephant or giraffe may provide a plausible alternative hypothesis. The interplay of competition and facilitation between these types of herbivores could explain transitions between grassland and woodland and vice versa. A review of the literature is presented in support of this hypothesis.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)565-576
Aantal pagina's12
TijdschriftJournal of Tropical Ecology
Nummer van het tijdschrift5
StatusPublished - sep-1998

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