Original Articles

Effect of fire intensity on the grass and bush components of the Eastern Cape thornveld

DOI: 10.1080/02566702.1986.9648030
Author(s): W S W TrollopeDepartment of Agronomy, Ciskei, N M TaintonDepartment of Grassland Science,


Fire intensity is an important component of the fire regime and its effect on the grass sward and bush were investigated in the Eastern Cape thornveld. Research indicated that fire intensity had no effect on the recovery of grass after a burn. Conversely it had a marked effect on the topkill of bush to a height of 2 m. The results provide valuable guidelines for the use of fire in controlling bush encroachment.

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