Researchers Reveal How Loss of South African Grasslands to Shrubs Could Affect the Soil and Atmosphere | KENT STATE…

Ecosystems in today’s world are responding to a wide variety of environmental changes. What happens when these changes interact? That was the topic of a recent paper published by David Ward, Ph.D., the Art and Margaret Herrick Endowed Professor of Plant Biology in Kent State University’s Department of Biological Sciences, and international colleagues and graduate students in the journal Scientific Reports.

Although climate change is often viewed as the overriding global challenge, grasslands around the world are actually often directly threatened by a simple neighboring plant. Like a neighbor who gradually shifts their garden further and further onto your lawn, woody shrubs have been gradually moving into grasslands and displacing native grass species.

In their new paper, Dr. Ward and…

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