Savannas: Climate, Biodiversity and Ecological Significance


Celeste Perrault (Editor)
Leone Bellamy (Editor)

Series: Environmental Science, Engineering and Technology
BISAC: SCI042000

This book presents current research in the study of the climate, biodiversity and ecological significance of savannas. Topics include litter decomposition and nutrient release in the Miombo Savannah woodlands of Central Zimbabwe; enhancing the contributions of indigenous tree species in tackling prevailing environmental challenges in the African savannas; aerial census of elephants and other mammals in the Shimba Hills, Mkongani and Mwaluganje conservation areas of Kwale County, Kenya; aboveground vegetation and soil seed bank dynamics in response to grazing in semi-arid African rangelands; translocation of elephants from Moju-Asako to Meru and Aberdare ecosystems; absorbing root areas and transpiring leaf areas in the tropical forest and savanna boundary in Brazil; zygomycetes from Cerrado areas in Southeast Brazil; and the Guiana shield and French Guiana savannas. (Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Litter Decomposition and Nutrient Release in Miombo Savanna Woodlands of Central Zimbabwe
(Menas Wuta, Robert M. Rees, Peter A. Furley, George Nyamadzawo, Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Engineering, University of Zimbabwe, Mount Pleasant, Harare, Zimbabwe, and others)

Enhancing the Contributions of Indigenous Tree Species in Tackling Prevailing Environmental Challenges of the African Savanna
(F.D. Ugese, Department of Crop Production, University of Agriculture Makurdi, Nigeria)

Aerial Census of Elephants and Other Mammals in Shimba Hills, Mkongani, and Mwaluganje Conservation Areas in Kwale County, Kenya
(Shadrack Ngene, Joseph Mukeka, David Kimutai, Bernard Ochieng, Patrick Omondi, Kenya Wildlife Service, Biodiversity Research and Monitoring, Species Conservation and Management, Nairobi, Kenya, and others)

Understanding Aboveground Vegetation and Soil Seed Bank Dynamics in Response to Grazing in Semi-Arid African Rangelands: A Synthesis
(Tessema Zewdu Kelkay, School of Animal and Sciences, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Haramaya University, Dire Dawa, Ethiopia)

Translocation of Elephants from Moju-Asako to Meru and Aberdare Ecosystems
(Shadrack Ngene, David Kimutai, Bernard Rono, Patrick Mulandi, Mathew Mutinda, Isaac Lekolool, David Ndeere, Joseph Mukeka, Winston Ouna, Francis Gakuya, Patrick Omondi, Kenya Wildlife Service, Biodiversity Research and Monitoring, Species Conservation and Management, Nairobi, Kenya, and others)

Absorbing Roots Areas and Transpiring Leaf Areas at the Tropical Forest and Savanna Boundary in Brazil
(Andre Butler, Ben Hur Marimon Junior, Leandro Maracahipes, Beatriz Schwantes Marimon, Divino Vicente Silvério, Edmar Almeida de Oliveira, Eddie Lenza, Ted R. Feldpauch, Patrick Meir, John Grace, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, UK, and others)

Zygomycetes from Cerrado Areas in Southeast Brazil
(J.I. de Souza, C.L.A. Pires-Zottarelli, A.V. Marano, Instituto de Botânica, Núcleo de Pesquisa em Micologia, São Paulo, SP, Brazil)

The Guiana Shield and French Guiana and their Savannas
(César Delnatte, Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle d’Aix-en-Provence, France)


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