Dirac Twidwell, Carissa L. Wonkka, Charles A. Taylor Jr, Chris B. Zou, Jeremiah J. Twidwell and William E. Rogers Drought-induced woody plant mortality in an encroached semi-arid savanna depends on topoedaphic factors and land management Applied Vegetation Science 17
We repeated a historical field experiment to compare rates of woody mortality resulting from recent droughts to the exceptional drought of 1951–1957. Mortality was greater following the more severe drought of the 1950s than recent flash droughts from 2000 to 2011. Long-term land management legacies interacted with localized differences in topoedaphic factors to drive patch-level shifts in woody vegetation following drought.
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