Original Articles

Ecological status of species on grazing gradients on the shallow soils of the western grassland biome in South Africa

DOI: 10.1080/02566702.1987.9648093
Author(s): O.J.H. BoschDepartment Botany,, F.P. Janse vanRensburgDepartment Botany,

Abstract

Grasses on the shallow soils of the western grassland biome of South Africa were classified on their ecological status on the basis of their reaction to grazing. Vegetation data were gathered in such a way that those of different successional stages could be identified. An ordination technique was used to define the grazing gradient. Species abundance curves were statistically fitted to the grazing gradient and used to classify the species into decreaser and increaser categories.

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