new paper published: Human impacts in African savannas are mediated by plant functional traits

Posted on June 5, 2018 in Research by . Share this article

Our Associate Director Colin Osborne (and other authors) has a new paper in the plant science journal the New Phytologist. The paper looks at how savannas respond to different ecological threats caused by human action.

Grantham Centre Associate Director Colin Osborne

Colin explains the importance of this paper:

‘Savannas are home to millions of people in Africa, who rely on these ecosystems for their livelihoods. But human activities threaten savannas across the continent. Our new paper looks at these threats – from rising CO2 causing tree invasion, to the expansion of agricultural land disrupting fire regimes – showing how they impact livelihoods and interact with each other.

We argue that savannas in different parts of the African continent will respond differently to these threats, and outline research that needs to be done to better understand the problem.’

Read the full paper here