Tropical grassy biomes: linking ecology, human use and conservation

Lehman, Caroline ER and Parr, Catherine L ORCID: 0000-0003-1627-763X
(2016) Tropical grassy biomes: linking ecology, human use and conservation. PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 371 (1703). 20160329-.

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Tropical grassy biomes (TGBs) are changing rapidly the world over through a coalescence of high rates of land-use change, global change and altered disturbance regimes that maintain the ecosystem structure and function of these biomes. Our theme issue brings together the latest research examining the characterization, complex ecology, drivers of change, and human use and ecosystem services of TGBs. Recent advances in ecology and evolution have facilitated a new perspective on these biomes. However, there continues to be controversies over their classification and state dynamics that demonstrate critical data and knowledge gaps in our quantitative understanding of these geographically dispersed regions. We highlight an urgent need to improve ecological understanding in order to effectively predict the sensitivity and resilience of TGBs under future scenarios of global change. With human reliance on TGBs increasing and their propensity for change, ecological and evolutionary understanding of these biomes is central to the dual goals of sustaining their ecological integrity and the diverse services these landscapes provide to millions of people.This article is part of the themed issue 'Tropical grassy biomes: linking ecology, human use and conservation'.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: savannah, C4 grass, Anthropocene, grasslands, global change, tropical vegetation
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2016 07:56
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 07:34
DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2016.0329
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