Viewpoint: the state and transition model applied to the herbaceous layer of Argentina's calden forest.

Author: 
Llorens, E.M.
Publisher: 
Rangeland Ecology & Management / Journal of Range Management Archives
Publication Year: 
1995
Description: 
The ecological trends in the vegetation of the calden (Prosopis caldenia Burk.) forest of central Argentina have generally been explained with a model that assumed a unique equilibrium state or "climax." This model does not adequately explain the ecological changes that occur in the understory of the calden forest. Recently, models that present different stable states of vegetation have been suggested. These vegetation states do not change unless relatively drastic management or climatic actions occur. Observations of vegetation changes, grazing regimes, and other aspects of management permitted the development of a basic scheme to explain changes in the herbaceous layer in the calden forest, based on the state and transition model. Five stable states and 9 transitions are proposed to account for current herbaceous associations and their origins. This model seems to more accurately explain transitions between the different vegetation states in the area, some of which could not be readily explained by the "climax" model.
Document Type: 
Journal Issue/Article
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