F. Van der Plas, R. Howison, J. Reinders, W. Fokkema and H. Olff Functional traits of trees on and off termite mounds: understanding the origin of biotically-driven heterogeneity in savannas Journal of Vegetation Science 24
Article first published online: 31 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01459.x
In African savannahs, Macrotermes termite mounds have been shown to support unique tree communities, acting as ‘browsing hotspots’. Here, we show that tree species dominating mounds seem to be less adapted to fire, low nutrient availability and water stress than typical savannah trees. Surprisingly, mound tree species are less nutritious and less preferred by browsers than other savannah trees.
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