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M. Mwale ; N. Chikumba ; M. Chimonyo ;Tropical and Subtropical Agroecosystems 2008, 8 (2)

Author: C. Mapiye

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Tropical and Subtropical Agroecosystems E-ISSN: 1870-0462 ccastro@uady.mx Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán México Mapiye, C.; Mwale, M.; Chikumba, N.; Chimonyo, M. Fire as a rangeland management tool in the savannas of southern africa: a review Tropical and Subtropical Agroecosystems, vol.
8, núm.
2, agosto, 2008, pp.
115-124 Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán Mérida, Yucatán, México Available in: http:--www.redalyc.org-articulo.oa?id=93980201 How to cite Complete issue More information about this article Journals homepage in redalyc.org Scientific Information System Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Non-profit academic project, developed under the open access initiative Tropical and Subtropical Agroecosystems, 8 (2008): 115 - 124 FIRE AS A RANGELAND MANAGEMENT TOOL IN THE SAVANNAS OF SOUTHERN AFRICA: A REVIEW Tropical and [EL FUEGO COMO HERRAMIENTA PARA EL MANEJO DE PRADERAS EN LAS SABANAS DEL SURESTE DE AFRICA: UNA REVISIÓN] Subtropical Agroecosystems C.
Mapiye1*, M.
Mwale1, N.
Chikumba2 and M.
Chimonyo1 1 Department of Livestock and Pasture Science, University of Fort Hare, Private Bag X1314, Alice 5700, South Africa.
Email: cmapiye@yahoo.co.uk 2 Grasslands Research Station Private Bag 3701, Marondera, Zimbabwe * Corresponding author. SUMMARY RESUMEN Fire is critical to the maintenance of biodiversity and ecological processes and contributes to the distinctive nature of rangelands.
However, the role of fire in maintaining rangelands has been misunderstood by the public in general; thus, over time the use of fire has been reduced.
This is unfortunate because prescribed burning is an effective means for controlling selected unwanted and undesirable plant species on rangelands and enhances livestock productivity.
On the other hand, inappropriate application of fire can eliminate useful forage and pose serious threats to human life, property, community assets, air quality and rangeland values in...





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