Title

Effects of camel grazing on density and species diversity of seedling emergence in the Dubai (UAE) inland desert

Author First name, Last name, Institution

D. J. Gallacher, Zayed University
J. P. Hill, Zayed University

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

Journal of Arid Environments

Publication Date

5-1-2008

Abstract

Germination in the arid rangelands of the UAE occurs as an 'event' following a mid-winter to spring rainfall. A fence line study of germination events was conducted in 2005 and 2006 to identify the response to differential grazing regimes. Fifty-six 1 m2 seedling plots were destructively sampled each season. Heavy grazing reduced species richness and diversity without significantly reducing seedling density. Both annual and perennial species were impacted, though the reduction in richness of annual species was less pronounced than the natural variation among locations. Direct grazing of seedlings is limited to a few weeks, due to the short annual plant life span. Reduction of perennial seedling density and species richness was likely caused by the reduced size of adult plants under grazing. Recruitment of perennial species could be affected by heavy grazing, leading to loss of habitat, though under moderate grazing levels this could easily be compensated by greater survival. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

ISSN

0140-1963

Publisher

Elsevier BV

Volume

72

Issue

5

First Page

853

Last Page

860

Disciplines

Life Sciences

Keywords

Conservation, Germination, Grazing, Rangeland, Species richness, United Arab Emirates

Scopus ID

40749147572

Indexed in Scopus

yes

Open Access

no

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