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- Bestelmeyer, Brandon T., et al. Show all 5 Authors
- Journal of arid environments 2014 v.111 pp. 79
- Aphaenogaster; Dipodomys; Larrea tridentata; Pogonomyrmex rugosus; ant colonies; biodiversity; dry environmental conditions; ecosystem services; grasses; grasslands; habitats; herbicides; landscapes; pesticide application; population density; rodents; seeds; shrubs; spraying; temporal variation; weed control; Chihuahuan Desert; Southwestern United States
- ... Shrub encroachment is a serious problem in arid environments worldwide because of potential reductions in ecosystem services and negative effects on biodiversity. In southwestern USA, Chihuahuan Desert grasslands have experienced long-term encroachment by shrubs including creosotebush (Larrea tridentata). Land managers have attempted an ambitious intervention to control shrubs by spraying herbicid ...
- Bestelmeyer, Brandon T., et al. Show all 4 Authors
- Journal of arid environments 2019 v.166 pp. 11-16
- Bouteloua eriopoda; Prosopis glandulosa; dry environmental conditions; ecosystem services; ecosystems; ecotones; grasses; grasslands; herbivores; land restoration; perennials; rodents; shrubs; small mammals; Chihuahuan Desert
- ... In many arid ecosystems, shrub encroachment is coupled to the loss of perennial grasses and associated ecosystem services. Increased native herbivore abundance associated with shrub encroachment can have negative effects on grass restoration. In the Chihuahuan Desert, native herbivore abundance can be two times greater in shrubland states dominated by Prosopis glandulosa (honey mesquite) than in h ...