Afforestation of Semiarid Areas of Tanzania: Focusing on the Root Compartment

  • Esron Munyanziza


The process of land degradation or desertification is often (if not always) initiated by the removal of original vegetation (Munyanziza et al., 1997). The most logical step towards combating desertification is the restoration of plant cover. Understanding the site characteristics and the natural plant ecological strategies is a key towards successful rehabilitation of degraded or degrading lands. The performance of plants is generally a function of their efficiency in exploiting the atmosphere and the soil system (Munyanziza and Oldeman, 1996). Early days of a developing plant start by the development of the root system. The subsequent survival and growth of such a plant hinge upon its fitting in the soil system (Munyanziza, 1994).


Arid Zone Shoot Height Semiarid Area Rain Season Plant Focus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Esron Munyanziza
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  1. 1.Faculty of Forestry and Nature ConservationSokoine University of AgricultureMorogoroTanzania

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