Response of community-aggregated plant functional traits along grazing gradients: insights from African semi-arid grasslands (pages 470–481)
Cristian A. Moreno García, Jürgen Schellberg, Frank Ewert, Katharina Brüser, Pablo Canales-Prati, Anja Linstädter, Roelof J. Oomen, Jan C. Ruppert and Susana B. Perelman
Article first published online: 15 JAN 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/avsc.12092
Understanding the functional response of vegetation along grazing gradients might assist range management decisions (e.g. frequency and intensity of grazing, restoration practices). We studied the response of community-aggregated plant functional traits to grazing by applying a taxon-free sampling. At water points vicinity, vegetation with fast-growth strategy-with faster and more efficient light capture-resists heavy grazing and provides high-quality nutritional forage.