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Tropical grassy biomes: misunderstood, neglected, and under threat

Parr, Catherine, Lehmann, Caroline, Bond, William, Hoffmann, William and Andersen, Alan (2014). Tropical grassy biomes: misunderstood, neglected, and under threat. Trends in Ecology and Evolution,29(4):205-213.

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Title Tropical grassy biomes: misunderstood, neglected, and under threat
Author Parr, Catherine
Lehmann, Caroline
Bond, William
Hoffmann, William
Andersen, Alan
Journal Name Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Publication Date 2014
Volume Number 29
Issue Number 4
ISSN 0169-5347   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 205
End Page 213
Total Pages 9
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier Ltd. * Trends Journals
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Tropical grassy biomes (TGBs) are globally extensive, provide critical ecosystem services, and influence the earth–atmosphere system. Yet, globally applied biome definitions ignore vegetation characteristics that are critical to their functioning and evolutionary history. Hence, TGB identification is inconsistent and misinterprets the ecological processes governing vegetation structure, with cascading negative consequences for biodiversity. Here, we discuss threats linked to the definition of TGB, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation schemes (REDD+), and enhanced atmospheric CO2, which may facilitate future state shifts. TGB degradation is insidious and less visible than in forested biomes. With human reliance on TGBs and their propensity for woody change, ecology and evolutionary history are fundamental to not only the identification of TGBs, but also their management for future persistence.
Keywords savanna
atmospheric CO2
biome shift
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