Interactions between Termite Mounds, Trees, and the Zemba People in the Mopane Savanna in Northwestern Namibia

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Interactions between Termite Mounds, Trees, and the Zemba People in the Mopane Savanna in Northwestern Namibia

Description

Termite mounds comprise a significant part of the landscape in northwestern Namibia. The vegetation type in this area is mopane vegetation, a vegetation type unique to southern Africa. In the area where I conducted research, almost all termite mounds coexisted with trees, of which 80% were mopane. The rate at which trees withered was higher on the termite mounds than outside them, and few saplings, seedlings, or grasses grew on the mounds, indicating that termite mounds could cause trees to wither and suppress the growth of plants. However, even though termite mounds appeared to have a negative impact on vegetation, they could actually have positive effects on the growth of mopane vegetation. Moreover, local people use the soil of termite mounds as construction material, and this utilization may have an effect on vegetation change if they are removing the mounds that are inhospitable for the growth of plants. Consequently, both termite mounds and human activities should be taken into account as factors affecting mopane vegetation.

Creator

Chisato YAMASHINA

Source

http://repository.kulib.kyoto-u.ac.jp/dspace/handle/2433/96293

Publisher

African study monographs. Supplementary issue (2010), 40: 115-128

Date

2010

Format

PDF

Language

English

Files

http://namibia.leadr.msu.edu/files/original/2447eb5741988fa9c17d7cfe5e297fc5.pdf

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Citation

Chisato YAMASHINA, “Interactions between Termite Mounds, Trees, and the Zemba People in the Mopane Savanna in Northwestern Namibia,” Namibia Digital Repository, accessed July 19, 2024, https://namibiadigitalrepository.com/items/show/396.

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