From bacteria to elephants: Effects of land-use legacies on biodiversity and ecosystem structure in the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem: Chapter 8

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Abstract

Generally, ecological research has considered the aboveground and belowground components of ecosystems separately. Consequently, frameworks for integrating the two components are not well developed. Integrating the microbial components into ecosystem ecology requires different approaches from those offered by plant ecology, partly because of the scales at which microbial processes operate and partly because of measurement constraints. Studies have begun to relate microbial community structure to ecosystem function. results suggest that excluding people and livestock from the MMNR, or preventing heavier livestock from grazing around settlements, may not change the general structure of the ecosystem (soils, plant structure), but can change the numbers and diversity of wildlife, nematodes and microbes in this ecosystem in subtle ways.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title From bacteria to elephants: Effects of land-use legacies on biodiversity and ecosystem structure in the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem: Chapter 8
DOI 10.7208/chicago/9780226196336.001.0001
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher Chicago University Press
Publisher location Chicago, IL
Contributing office(s) Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Serengeti IV: Sustaining biodiversity in a coupled human-natural system
Other Geospatial Serengeti-Mara ecosystem