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Cattle compete broadly with grazing and browsing wildlife, but competition is mitigated in the presence of mega-herbivores
Kenyan rangelands are home to a variety of wild and domestic herbivores. However, research is lacking on how the presence of cattle affects the grazing patterns and food availability. Understanding this interaction will help maintain and utilise grassland ecosystems.
The Kenya long-term exclusion experiment (KLEE) aims at understanding how herbivores and cattle compete with each other. Performed over a 10 year period, authors describe cattle suppression of wild herbivores (grazers and mixed feeders) and how the presence of mega-herbivores (elephants and Zebra) impact on food availability and grazing behaviour.
D Kimuyu, C Riginos, K Veblen, T Young Based on: 99th Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting 2014
Based on: 20th Annual International Conference on Microbial Genomics 2014, Poster ID:1096825
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