uu.seUppsala University Publications
Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Plant-Herbivore Interactions
Show others and affiliations
2014 (English)In: Elephants and Savanna Woodland Ecosystems: A Study from Chobe National Park, Botswana / [ed] C. Skarpe, J. T. du Toit and S. R. Moe, Wiley-Blackwell, 2014, 189-206 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

To a casual observer, the importance of large herbivores for ecosystem structure and dynamics can seem more obvious in African savannas than in many other ecosystems because of their high abundance, diversity and species richness of ungulates. African savannas have also had a long uninterrupted history of mammalian herbivory, leading to the evolution of plant traits adapted to herbivory and to reciprocal traits in herbivores. In nutrient-poor savannas such as those on Kalahari sand in the Chobe National Park, Botswana, elephants, Loxodonta africana, are a main agent creating spatial and temporal variation in the vegetation and ecosystems. Within this framework, elephants and smaller herbivores interact with individual plants and plant populations, exploiting and modifying heterogeneity at many scales. Intermittent grazing in systems of migratory or highly mobile herbivores provides food plants with a recovery period, and could be one reason for the 'success' and abundance of many migratory herbivore species.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. 189-206 p.
Keyword [en]
Elephants, Herbivory, Migratory system, Plant traits, Plant-herbivore interactions, Ungulates
National Category
Ecology Evolutionary Biology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-307119DOI: 10.1002/9781118858615.ch12ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84926215549ISBN: 9781118858615ISBN: 9780470671764OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-307119DiVA: diva2:1048267
Available from: 2016-11-21 Created: 2016-11-08 Last updated: 2016-11-21Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full textScopus

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Hytteborn, Håkan
By organisation
Plant Ecology and Evolution
EcologyEvolutionary Biology

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

Altmetric score

Total: 12 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link