Fire regimes, fire experiments and alternative stable states in mesic savannas: a response to Laris & Jacobs (2021) ‘On the problem of natural savanna fires’

Veenendaal, Elmar M., Torello-Raventos, Mireia, Miranda, Heloisa S., Sato, Naomi M., Janssen, Thomas A.J., van Langevelde, Frank, and Lloyd, Jon (2021) Fire regimes, fire experiments and alternative stable states in mesic savannas: a response to Laris & Jacobs (2021) ‘On the problem of natural savanna fires’. New Phytologist, 231 (1). pp. 14-18.

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[Extract] In their comment on Veenendaal et al. (2018), Laris & Jacobs (2021; in this issue of New Phytologist, pp. 11–13) question the appropriateness of fire experiments to simulate effects of fire on tropical vegetation cover as well as objecting to our use of the word ‘natural’ to describe nonanthropogenic fire regimes. They also challenge some of the conclusions we drew as regards the likelihood of fire-mediated feedbacks causing alternate stable states (ASS) in forest–savanna transitions.

Item ID: 70296
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1469-8137
Keywords: alternative stable states, feedbacks, fire ecology, forest, savannah
Copyright Information: © 2021 The Authors. © 2021 New Phytologist Foundation
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2021 00:20
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310308 Terrestrial ecology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1806 Terrestrial systems and management > 180601 Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems @ 100%
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