Ecosystem Ecology | Community Ecology & Biodiversity
My lawn is better than yours: grazing lawn plant communities in South Africa and Tanzania
S Garrett Arnold*, T Michael Anderson, Ricardo M Holdo
*Corresponding author: S Garrett Arnold
Division of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, USA
F1000Posters 2012, 3: 1362 (poster) [English]
Poster [13.15 MB]
97th Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting 2012, 4 - 9 Aug 2012, PS 94-89
Ecological Society of America
Grazing lawns are highly-utilized patches that are key resource areas for grazing animals. Lawns are thought to be maintained through complex interactions between plants, soils, fire, fungi and grazers. We examined how below-ground factors, plant community turnover and intraspecific plant species variation function within lawns and across similar grazing systems.
Broadly, both sites share greater foliar nutritional quality in the lawns. Specifically, lawns differ at species and community-level patterns. Endaphic nutrients fail to directly account for the greater foliar nutrient concentrations that occur within lawns.
This work expands upon previous knowledge of the mechanistic drivers and community composition within grazing lawns.
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