Summary and Conclusions

  • Otto T. Solbrig
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 121)


We now try to answer the question we posed in the introduction: does biodiversity affect the functioning of tropical savannas. The answer is affirmative. Biodiversity affects the functioning of savannas through its effect on productivity (Chap. 2, 10), nutrient cycling (Chap. 3, 10), water economy (Chap. 4, 10), soil properties (Chap. 2, 3, 10) and possibly through its effect on long-term ecosystem resilience (Chapters 5, 9, 12).


Soil Erosion Tropical Savanna Brazilian Savanna Agricultura Tropical Reduce Soil Loss 
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