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Dynamics of Woody Species in the California Grassland

Claudia M. Tyler, Dennis C. Odion and Ragan M. Callaway

in California Grasslands

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780520252202
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933972 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252202.003.0014
Dynamics of Woody Species in the California Grassland

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This chapter discusses the dynamics between grasses and shrub vegetation, focusing on the factors that lead to transitions between grassland and shrublands and the stabilizing feedbacks and reproductive processes which maintain them. It then discusses the dynamics at the grassland–oak savanna interface. The chapter examines the constraints over the recruitment of oaks into grassland settings, and then describes the ways in which oaks modify understory vegetation and productivity once they are established into grasslands.

Keywords: grasses; shrub vegetation; grasslands; shrublands; oak savanna; oaks

Chapter.  8909 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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