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Record number 38741
Title Catastrophic vegetation shifts and soil degradation in terrestrial grazing systems.
Author(s) Koppel, J. van de; Rietkerk, M.; Weissing, F.J.
Source Trends in Ecology and Evolution 12 (1997)8. - ISSN 0169-5347 - p. 352 - 356.
Department(s) Erosion and Soil and Water Conservation
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 1997
Keyword(s) natuurlijke graslanden - extensieve weiden - plantensuccessie - vegetatie - milieuafbraak - woestijnvorming - overexploitatie - natural grasslands - rangelands - plant succession - vegetation - environmental degradation - desertification - overexploitation
Categories Crops (General)
Abstract It has long been recognized that alternative vegetation states may occur in terrestrial grazing systems. This phenomenon may be of great importance as small environmental fluctuations may lead to relatively sudden and irreversible jumps between vegetation states. Early theoretical studies emphasized saturation of herbivore feeding to explain multiple stable states and catastrophic behaviour. Recent studies on semi-arid grasslands and arctic salt marshes, however, relate catastrophic events in these systems to plant-soil interactions.
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