Effects of Fire on Vegetation Structure and Dynamics
In this chapter an attempt is made to summarize our understanding of the changes caused by fire in vegetation of different South African biomes. Concepts of succession are reviewed as a background to what follows. Then the responses in vegetation structure that have been documented in the region are summarized, as well as published information on the different vegetation structural variables that have been shown to respond to fire. Finally, information on fire effects is summarized for fynbos, forest, grassland and savanna. Information on the karoo biome is too scant to justify a review.
KeywordsWoody Species Fire Regime Basal Cover Fire Intensity Fire Season
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